This distracted driving program of research has 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 will conduct 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).
Ultimately, the outcomes of this research have informed the AAA’s development of educational and awareness materials including a ‘tool kit’ (a resource to be targeted at young drivers, their peers, and their parents).
Funding / Grants
- AAA (2018 - 2019)