Driver distraction: Meaning, effects and mitigation

Date & time

3–5pm 23 June 2014




Dr Mike Regan, Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research Group, School of Aviation, University of New South Wales

There is converging evidence that driver distraction is a significant contributing factor in vehicle crashes and incidents. As an applied psychological construct, however, it has been inconsistently defined and the relationship between distraction and other forms of inattention is unclear.

This presentation provides an overview of some theoretical issues pertinent to the definition and understanding of driver distraction, describes the effects of driver distraction on driver performance and road safety, and outlines countermeasures that are available, and have been utilised, to mitigate the effects of driver distraction.

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