The University of Adelaide CENTRE FOR AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY RESEARCH

home   /   centre for automotive safety research   /   Publications   /   List   /   Details

Publication Details

TitleWhat contextual and demographic factors predict drivers’ decision to engage in secondary tasks?
AuthorsYoung KL, Osborne R, Koppel S, Charlton J, Grzebieta R, Williamson A, Haworth N, Woolley JE, Senserrick T
Year2019
TypeJournal Article
AbstractThis study used data from the Australian Naturalistic Driving Study to study driver engagement in secondary tasks during every day driving and examine the role that various driver characteristics and driving context variables play in influencing the initiation of secondary tasks. Video from 186 randomly selected trips were viewed to identify a range of secondary tasks and to classify contextual variables at the point of task initiation (e.g. vehicle motion, weather, and light conditions). Results revealed that secondary task engagement when driving is highly prevalent, with drivers spending ∼45% of their driving time engaging in potentially distracting tasks. The results also showed that drivers make a number of strategic decisions regarding when to engage, such as waiting until the vehicle is stationary; however, they do not appear to consider some contextual factors that may impact risks, such as weather and light conditions. The findings will be useful in targeting distraction countermeasures and policies and determining the effectiveness of these in reducing driver distraction.
Journal TitleIET Intelligent Transport Systems
Journal Volume (Issue)13(8)
Page Range1218-1223
NotesFreely available online https://ietresearch.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1049/iet-its.2018.5546

Reference
Young KL, Osborne R, Koppel S, Charlton J, Grzebieta R, Williamson A, Haworth N, Woolley JE, Senserrick T (2019) 'What contextual and demographic factors predict drivers’ decision to engage in secondary tasks?', IET Intelligent Transport Systems, 13(8), pp 1218-1223.