This distracted driving program of research had three goals:
- Understand the potentially addictive nature of smartphones for young drivers;
- Use the research to develop effective messaging and resources for the use of mobility clubs; and
- Begin a national discussion about smartphone addiction potentially interplays with distraction and crashes, and offer solutions.
To address these goals, CARRS-Q conducted three research projects:
- Investigate a possible link between addiction and smartphone use while driving and strategies one may use to reduce/prevent smartphone use (Project 1);
- Examined existing naturalistic and simulator studies to quantify the impact of smartphone use on driving, and compare this to other risky driving behaviours (Project 2); and
- Develop a methodology that can be applied internationally to track perception and attitudes (Project 3).
The comprehensive program of research assisted the AAA to develop a distracted driving educational Toolkit.
Funding / Grants
- AAA (2018 - 2019)
Other Team Members
QUT School of Psychology & Counselling QUT Science and Engineering Faculty