Driver Distraction from Electronic Devices: Insights and Implications Web Course RePlay

Although many have an idea of what the term “driver distraction” means, there is no common definition within the research community. Additionally, there are many studies that have investigated the topic, but with varying and sometimes conflicting results. What should be made of these discrepancies?

This four-hour course will provide an overview of driver distraction (predominantly electronic devices): the problem; how to define it; the current state of research and how to critically evaluate that research to make informed decisions; and the effectiveness of state laws and fleet policies to reduce it. The conclusion of the course will summarize strategies, techniques, and technologies that have been shown to be effective in reducing distracted driving from electronic devices.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of the course, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 participant CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103. This course also satisfies a requirement in the Accident Reconstruction Certificate Program.

What Will You Learn

By participating in this course, participants will be able to:
  • Weigh the extent of the driver distraction problem
  • Define driver distraction
  • Critically examine the current state of driver distraction research
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of various research approaches that assess driver distraction from electronic devices
  • Recognize the difference between various forms of distraction (cognitive, auditory, visual, manual)
  • Assess the effectiveness of policy efforts to reduce driver distraction from electronic devices
  • Explain that all cell phone “tasks” do not have equal risk
  • Determine effective strategies, techniques, and technologies for minimizing distracted driving

Course Information

4.00 Hours
90 Days

Is This Course For You

This course is intended for all those interested in being equipped to critically examine the current state of research in driver distraction. Although the course is aimed at driver distraction from electronic devices, the results pertain to driver distraction in general. Vehicle manufacturers, OEMs, and cell phone providers and manufacturers will be able to use the information presented in this webinar to develop engineering solutions in this area. Government and driving advocate officials will be able to use the information presented in this webinar to design and deliver informed policy decisions regarding driver distraction. Transportation safety researchers will learn about the latest research in this area as well as future research needs.

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Materials Provided

  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase)
  • Four hours of instructor-delivered content
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf\'s)
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions 
  • .4 CEUs* (upon completion of all course modules and satisfactory assessment score)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.


Course Requirements

  • Windows or macOS
  • Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari (Other OSs and browsers including mobile devices are not supported by may work)
  • Broadband-3Mbps minimum


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