Victorian drivers' exposure to technology-based distractions: policy initiatives deriving from a driver survey

This project aimed to derive fundamental knowledge about driver exposure to technology-based distracting activities and the conditions in which distraction is experienced. An Internet survey of 287 Victorian drivers was conducted to: determine the extent to which drivers reportedly are exposed to technology-based sources of distraction; factors that influence willingness to engage in distracting activities; and strategies used to manage distraction. The survey found that almost 60 per cent of drivers use a mobile phone while driving and over one third of these drivers use the phone in hand-held mode. Young drivers (18-25 yrs) also send text messages more frequently than middle-age (26-54 yrs) and older (55+ yrs) drivers, with 88 per cent of young drivers reading text messages and 77 per cent sending text messages while driving. A high proportion of drivers use audio entertainment systems, but few use in-vehicle visual displays such as DVD players. Most drivers (84 per cent) believe they drive in a less safe manner when engaged in distracting tasks and, importantly, take steps to avoid distractions. Based on the survey results, recommendations are offered regarding how to better target distraction policy and countermeasures. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E217612.


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  • Accession Number: 01143845
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 1876346566
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:08PM