Evaluating the Effects of Integrated Training on Minimizing Driver Distraction

Distracted driving is estimated to contribute to over 22 percent of all crashes and near-crashes and is directly involved in the deaths of nearly 6,000 individuals each year. This total will only get worse as in-vehicle technologies proliferate. There are three different types of distraction: distraction which is caused by glances away from the forward roadway inside the vehicle, distraction which is caused by glances away from the forward roadway at objects outside the vehicle, and distraction which occurs when the driver's eyes, but not the driver's mind, is attending to the road ahead. Research, some in the lab, shows that novice, inexperienced drivers are much more likely to be distracted than older, experienced drivers. The project has developed PC-based training programs that reduce both the likelihood that novice drivers are distracted by secondary tasks inside the vehicle (FOCAL) and the likelihood that drivers will fail to anticipate hazards while attending to the forward roadway (RAPT). The training programs have been evaluated in the field immediately after training and up to a year after training and both prove to be effective. This project is proposing a program of research in which the project will develop a PC-based training program that addresses all three forms of distraction and introduce it into the driver education curricula of ten driving schools throughout Massachusetts. The comprehensive training program will take only 90 minutes to complete. The New England University Transportation Center has been working with driving schools in western Massachusetts for some 15 years and all have expressed an interest in using the program to be developed in their curricula. The evaluation approach will be twofold. Initially the project will gather and analyze crash and citation data on some 300 trained and 300 untrained novice drivers up to 12 months after training. Additionally, the project will separately evaluate approximately 10 percent of participants (30 trained and 30 untrained) and measure their performance with regards to distraction-related elements during an instrumented drive.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $120404.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33382

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489788
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, UMAR24-22
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:01AM