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Mobile phone use while driving: Conclusions from four investigations
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5198-8851
2004 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

In this research, requested by the Swedish National Road Administration, the

purpose was to give a picture of drivers' use of mobile phones while driving

and more specifically their attitudes to the use of mobile phones while

driving and the types of routines and behaviour practised when using the

mobile phones. In addition, the purpose was to get some idea of the number of

traffic accidents, along with injuries and deaths, which were caused by

drivers using their mobile phones. The report summarises results from the

national questionnaire-based Traffic Safety Survey TSU92-, a short literary

review, two focus group discussions and a questionnaire survey. The research

shows that the number of mobile phone users while driving has increased and

that three quarters of all drivers have access to a mobile phone. Of the

mobile phones, 75 % were handheld without any extra add-on equipment. The

average number of drivers' incoming or out-going calls while driving was 1.1

per day. Drivers sometimes also sent and received text messages while

driving. Generally, this was often a driver from the younger age group. As a

rule, the driver generally took some kind of safety precaution in conjunction

with a mobile phone call. Women stated that they used safety measures more

often than men and older drivers more often than younger. The use of mobile

phones affected driving in different ways. Drivers missed exits, failed to

observe traffic signals, and forgot to adjust the speed according to the

limit. It was not unusual with incidents or near collisions with other

vehicles or objects, or driving off the road, when mobile phones were used

while driving. The dominant reason for the driver to have a mobile phone in

the car was the security of always being able to contact or be contacted by

someone else.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut., VTI rapport 490A , 2004.
VTI rapport, ISSN 0347-6030
Keyword [en]
English, Sweden, Mobile phone, Driver, Use, Behaviour, Attitude, Questionnaire, Attention, Risk, Age, Man, Woman
Research subject
Road: Traffic safety and accidents, Road: Road user behaviour
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-6362OAI: diva2:675238
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2016-02-25

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