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Effects of Mobile Phone Use on Driving Performance: An Experimental Study of Workload and Traffic Violations

Abstract: The use of communication technologies, e.g., mobile phones, has increased dramatically in recent years, and their use among drivers has become a great risk to traffic safety. The present study assessed the workload and road ordinary violations, utilizing driving data collected from 39 young participants who underwent a dual-task while driving a simulator, i.e., respond to a call, text on WhatsApp, and check Instagram. Findings confirmed that there are significant differences in the driving performance of young drivers in terms of vehicle control (i.e., lateral distance and hard shoulder line violations) between distracted and non-distracted drivers. Furthermore, the overall workload score of young drivers increases with the use of their mobile phones while driving. The obtained results contribute to a better understanding of the driving performance of distracted young drivers and thus they could be useful for further improvements to traffic safety strategies.

 Fuente: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021, 18, 13, 7101

 Editorial: MDPI

 Año de publicación: 2021

 Nº de páginas: 22

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18137101

 ISSN: 1661-7827,1660-4601

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18137101

Autoría

CATALINA ORTEGA, CARLOS

MARISCAL, MIGUEL A.

BOULAGOUAS, WAFA

ESPINOSA, JUAN

GARCÍA-HERRERO, SUSANA