Impact of Distraction and Health on Commercial Driving Performance

Commercial driver health and wellness has been recognized as a national primary concern of several federal agencies. One major contributor to compromised driver safety is distracted driving, an activity in which many commercial drivers engage. Also negatively impacting driving among commercial drivers are several health-related factors, such as disease, poor sleep quality and a variety of medical conditions. The proposed study will be among the first to examine the interaction of the psychological aspects of distracted driving and physical health in commercial drivers. Fifty commercial drivers between the ages of 21 and 65 will be recruited from Alabama-based trucking companies. Participants will complete four activities while driving in commercial truck driving simulator: (1) talking on a cell phone, (2) text messaging, (3) using an onboard mobile communication device, and (4) driving with no distraction. Participants will also complete questionnaires to provide basic health and demographic information, driving history, and experience with electronic devices, as well as a brief physical health assessment. Findings from this study are expected to impact multiple stakeholders; and to contribute to the development of future, large intervention studies targeting distraction and health factors in commercial drivers.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Petrolino, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Alabama, Birmingham

    1170 Administration Building
    701 20th Street South
    Birmingham, AL  United States  35294
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fine, Philip

  • Start Date: 20110101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 28159

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463664
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Research Center, Incorporated
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT-06-G-0043, U33
  • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:28PM