Internal Distraction and Driving: Does it Show?

Little is known about the effect of daydreaming (‘internal distraction’) on driving behavior. Since it happens to some extent to most drivers, an explorative study was performed to see whether in an experimental setting something like daydreaming could occur, and if so whether this would show up in driving behavior. Three groups of participants made two drives in the TNO driving simulator. Group 1 did not perform any secondary task, Group 2 performed a ‘thinking and reasoning’ task (daydreaming condition) during specific parts of the drive, and Group 3 performed a ‘listening and remembering’ task during the same sections of the drives as Group 2. Mostly an effect was found for the ‘listening and remembering’ task. If an effect was found for the internal distraction condition, it indicated a same (negative) effect as the ‘listening and remembering’ task, although less severe.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 68-74
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 4th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design, Stevenson, Washington, July 9-12, 2007

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01055525
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780874141580
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2007 5:48PM