In-Car Distractions and Their Impact on Driving Activities

In-car distractions can seriously impair driving and potentially contribute to accidents. In-car distractions include mobile phones, entertainment systems, interaction with passengers, and most recently satellite navigation systems. This study investigates such distractions by providing micro-detailed descriptions and analyses of their occurrence and impact on driving activities, such as looking towards the road ahead or handling the steering wheel. The study uses naturally occurring data, in-car video recordings of driving in real-world driving situations. The study examines in detail how different forms of in-car distractions develop in situ in real time, and relative to driving activities and to one another.

Type: Research and Analysis Report

Sub Type: Grant

Author(s): Nevile M; Haddington P

Topics: Behaviour, Distraction

Publication Date: 13/12/10