Exploration of Human Psychological Factors Underlying Mobile Phone Usage Behaviors while Driving

A number of technological advances, including the mobile internet, have changed the way individuals view, perceive, and interact with their surrounding environment. The use of mobile internet and mobile phone usage more generally is associated with a number of benefits, but it is also associated with one primary (but significant) risk - namely driver distraction. The use of mobile phones during the act of driving takes attention away from the primary task of driving and leads to deterioration in driver performance and increase in accident risk. There is a tremendous body of literature on the negative implications of distracted driving on the driver performance and the accident risk. Further, in an effort to mitigate the negative implications of mobile phone usage during the act of driving, transportation agencies around the country are adopting regulations curbing the use of mobile phone usage. However, the effectiveness of these regulations has been mixed at best. The ineffectiveness has partly been challenged on the account of individuals not responding to regulations that are forced on them because these regulations fail to address the underlying psychological factors (e.g. attitudes, needs) which may be shaping their mobile phone usage behaviors. Research on the role of psychological factors that motivate the mobile phone usage behaviors however has been limited. Therefore, the main focus of this study is to comprehensively explore the mobile phone usage behavior during driving, and explore the underlying human psychological factors using survey methodology. Results from the study will shed light on the general use of mobile phones (and mobile internet in particular) and will help determine the role of underlying psychological factors in motivating those behaviors. Further the investigations proposed in the study will provide important insights for transportation agencies for formulating effective policy to curb distracted driving.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $196398.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39342

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557838
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC31, UCNR25-34
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2015 1:01AM