Driver Distraction from Electronic Devices: Insights and Implications Web Seminar 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 web seminar 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 this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student 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, you 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

COURSE LENGTH
4.00 Hours
ACCESS PERIOD
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) to the two session, approximately four hour, recorded presentation
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions
  • .4 CEUs*/Certificate of Achievement (upon completion of all course content and a score of 70% or higher on the learning assessment)

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

Course Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (other operating systems and mobile platforms are not supported but may work)
  • Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 37 , Google Chrome 42 (other browsers are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

Topics

Session 1
  • Overview of Driver Distraction Problem
    • Statistics (crashes, injuries, fatalities, monetary burden)
  • Forms of Distraction
    • Cognitive
    • Visual
    • Auditory
    • Manual
    • Definition of Driver Distraction
    • Overview of Methods to Assess Driver Distraction
      • Epidemiological
      • Empirical
      • Naturalistic
Session 2
  • Possible Reasons for Discrepancies
    • Driver Choice
    • Self-regulation
    • Arousal
  • Effectiveness of Policy Efforts to Reduce Driver Distraction from Electronic Devices
  • Research Needs/Next Steps
  • Minimizing Distracted Driving from Electronic Devices (what works, what shows promise, what doesn't work)
  • Summary