Driver Distraction: Theory, Effects, and Mitigation

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A Practical Resource for Understanding, Preventing, and Managing Driver Distraction

It is estimated that up to 23 percent of crashes and near-crashes are caused by driver distraction, and these figures will likely increase as more and more distractions, both inside and outside the vehicle, compete for driver attention. Driver Distraction: Theory, Effects, and Mitigation gives a comprehensive overview of this issue, outlining the underlying theory of distraction, its effects on driving performance and safety, strategies for mitigating its effects, and directions for future research. It also brings together the wide array of literature on the topic into one, all-inclusive volume.

Includes Recommendations for Managing Distractions in the Technological Age

This comprehensive volume reviews the full range of distracting activities that occur while driving, and available ergonomic methods, guidelines, and checklists for the measurement and mitigation of driver distraction. It also recommends ways to manage distraction through enhanced data collection and analysis, driver education and training, driver licensing, legislation and enforcement, vehicle design, road design, company policies, and future research.

Beneficial for a broad audience, including:

  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Road transport authorities and safety agencies
  • Traffic and transport engineers
  • Automotive equipment manufacturers and suppliers
  • Company safety managers
  • Standards organizations
  • Transport safety research agencies

This work comes at a critical time when road safety authorities are just beginning to recognize the importance of driver distraction as a road safety issue. With balanced and practical guidance, it aims to prevent driver distraction from escalating into an even more significant problem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849374265
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction, M.A. Regan, K.L. Young, and J.D. Lee


On the Philosophical Foundations of the Distracted Driver and Driving Distraction, P.A. Hancock, M. Mouloua, and J.W. Senders

Defining Driver Distraction, J.D. Lee, K.L. Young, and M.A. Regan

What Drives Distraction? Distraction as a Breakdown of Multilevel Control, J. D. Lee, M.A. Regan, and K.L. Young

Models of Attention, Distraction, and Highway Hazard Avoidance, C.D. Wickens and W.J. Horrey


Measuring Exposure to Driver Distraction, S.P. McEvoy and M.R. Stevenson

Measuring the Effects of Driver Distraction: Direct Driving Performance Methods and Measures, K.L. Young, M.A. Regan, and J.D. Lee

Surrogate Distraction Measurement Techniques: The Lane Change Test, S. Mattes and A. Hallén

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Visual Occlusion as a Surrogate Distraction Measurement Technique, J.P. Foley

Distraction Assessment Methods Based on Visual Behavior and Event Detection, T.W. Victor, J. Engström, and J.L. Harbluk


Cellular Phones and Driver Distraction, F.A. Drews and D.L. Strayer

Sources of Distraction inside the Vehicle and Their Effects on Driving Performance, M. Bayly, K.L. Young, and M.A. Regan

Distractions outside the Vehicle, T. Horberry and J. Edquist

Distraction and Public Transport: Case Study of Bus Driver Distraction, P.M. Salmon, K.L. Young, and M.A. Regan


Sources of Driver Distraction, M.A. Regan, K.L. Young, J.D. Lee, and C.P. Gordon

Crash Studies of Driver Distraction, C.P. Gordon

Epidemiological Research on Driver Distraction, S.P. McEvoy and M.R. Stevenson

Driver Distraction Exposure Research: A Summary of Findings, K.L. Young and M.A. Regan


Factors Moderating the Impact of Distraction on Driving Performance and Safety, K.L. Young, M.A. Regan, and J.D. Lee

Distraction and the Older Driver, S. Koppel, J.L. Charlton, and B. Fildes

The Relationship between Driver Fatigue and Driver Distraction, A. Williamson


European Approaches to Principles, Codes, Guidelines, and Checklists for In-Vehicle HMI, A. Stevens

North American Approaches to Principles, Codes, Guidelines, and Checklists for In-Vehicle HMI, P.C. Burns

Japanese Approaches to Principles, Codes, Guidelines, and Checklists for In-Vehicle HMI, M. Akamatsu

Driver Interface Safety and Usability Standards: An Overview, P. Green


Real-Time Distraction Countermeasures, J. Engström and T.W. Victor

Driving Task Demand–Based Distraction Mitigation, H. Zhang, M.R.H. Smith, and G.J. Witt

Estimates of Driver Distraction, M.R.H. Smith, G.J. Witt, D.L. Bakowski, D. Leblanc, and J.D. Lee

Designing Feedback to Mitigate Distraction, B. Donmez, L. Boyle, and J.D. Lee

Driver Distraction Injury Prevention Countermeasures—Part 1: Data Collection, Legislation and Enforcement, Vehicle Fleet, Management, and Driver Licensing, M.A. Regan, K.L. Young, and J.D. Lee

Driver Distraction Injury Prevention Countermeasures—Part 2: Education and Training, M. A. Regan, J.D. Lee, and K.L. Young

Driver Distraction Injury Prevention Countermeasures—Part 3: Vehicle, Technology, and Road Design, T.W. Victor, M.A. Regan, J.D. Lee, and K.L. Young

Government and Industry Perspectives on Driver Distraction, C. Tingvall, L. Eckstein, and M. Hammer


Some Concluding Remarks, M.A. Regan, K.L. Young, and J.D. Lee


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