Profiles in Driver Distraction: Effects of Cell Phone Conversations on Younger and Older Drivers

  title={Profiles in Driver Distraction: Effects of Cell Phone Conversations on Younger and Older Drivers},
  author={David L. Strayer and Frank Drews},
  journal={Human Factors: The Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society},
  pages={640 - 649}
  • D. Strayer, F. Drews
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Psychology
  • Human Factors: The Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Our research examined the effects of hands-free cell phone conversations on simulated driving. We found that driving performance of both younger and older adults was influenced by cell phone conversations. Compared with single-task (i.e., driving-only) conditions, when drivers used cell phones their reactions were 18% slower, their following distance was 12% greater, and they took 17% longer to recover the speed that was lost following braking. There was also a twofold increase in the number of… 

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