Feasibility of DriveFocusTM and Driving Simulation Interventions in Young Drivers

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among North American youth, with a high prevalence of distraction-related fatalities. Youth-focused interventions must address detecting (visual scanning) and responding (adjustment to stimuli) to critical roadway information. In this repeated measures study, the authors investigated the feasibility (i.e., recruitment and sample characteristics; data collection procedures; acceptability of the intervention; resources; and preliminary effects) of a DriveFocusTM app intervention on youth's driving performance. Thirty-four youth participated in a 9-week protocol (retention rate = 89.7%; adherence rate = 100%). No participants experienced simulator sickness. A preliminary nonparametric evaluation of the results (n = 34) indicated a statistically significant decrease in the number of visual scanning, F(2, 68) = 3.769, p = .028, and adjustment to stimuli, F(2, 68) = 6.759, p = .002, errors between baseline, midpoint, and posttest. This study lays the foundation to support a targeted intervention trial to improve youth's attention to critical road information, building on their mobile technology preferences.

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    • ©2018 Liliana Alvarez, et al.
  • Authors:
    • Alvarez, Liliana
    • Classen, Sherrilene
    • Medhizadah, Shabnam
    • Knott, Melissa
    • Asantey, Kwesi
    • He, Wenqing
    • Feher, Anita
    • Moulin, Marc S
  • Publication Date: 2018


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  • Accession Number: 01723064
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2019 4:16PM