The Effects of Text Messaging on Young Drivers

Young drivers are heavy users of potentially distracting technology such as cell phones. They are also particularly susceptible to driver distraction and have an increased risk of distraction-related accidents. In this study, 20 young novice drivers used a cell phone to retrieve and send text messages while driving a simulator in order to investigate their driving performance. Results showed that the amount of time that drivers spent not looking at the road when text messaging was up to 400% greater than that recorded in baseline (no-text-messaging) conditions. There was also an increase of up to 150% in drivers' variability in following distances to lead vehicles. Missed lane changes increased 140% and variability in lane position increased up to 50%. These findings document the detrimental effects of text messaging on driving performance and highlight the need for more effective safety measures to mitigate the adverse effects on driving performance of using cell phones to retrieve and send text messages.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 582-592
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01146050
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2009 10:41PM