Location

Park City, Utah

Date

23-7-2003

Session

Session 7 - Posters

Abstract

A study examined the influence of a brief educational intervention on self-reports of past and intended future distracted driving behavior, and on perception of the danger of various driver distractions (e.g. map reading, grooming, etc). Respondents completed a series of rating scales, reporting (A) the frequency with which they had participated in various distracting activities while driving in the past, (B) the frequency with which they expected to participate in those activities in the future, and (C) the perceived danger of those activities. Half of the respondents completed the rating scales after first watching a series short animated videos from the driver education program. The remaining respondents (controls) completed the surveys prior to viewing the video segments. As compared to the control subjects, participants who viewed the video segments prior to filling out the rating scales reported reliably higher levels of perceived danger for a number of distracting activities. Video segments did not, however, appear to affect respondents’ anticipated future behavior.

Rights

Copyright © 2003 the authors

DC Citation

Proceedings of the Second International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design, July 21-24, 2003, Park City, Utah. Iowa City, IA: Public Policy Center, of Iowa, 2003: 211-216.

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Jul 23rd, 12:00 AM

An Examination of the Efficacy of a Brief Educational Program on Driver Distraction

Park City, Utah

A study examined the influence of a brief educational intervention on self-reports of past and intended future distracted driving behavior, and on perception of the danger of various driver distractions (e.g. map reading, grooming, etc). Respondents completed a series of rating scales, reporting (A) the frequency with which they had participated in various distracting activities while driving in the past, (B) the frequency with which they expected to participate in those activities in the future, and (C) the perceived danger of those activities. Half of the respondents completed the rating scales after first watching a series short animated videos from the driver education program. The remaining respondents (controls) completed the surveys prior to viewing the video segments. As compared to the control subjects, participants who viewed the video segments prior to filling out the rating scales reported reliably higher levels of perceived danger for a number of distracting activities. Video segments did not, however, appear to affect respondents’ anticipated future behavior.