It is estimated that, in the United States, around 20 percent of all Police-reported road crashes involve driver distraction as a contributing factor. This figure increases if other forms of inattention are considered. Evidence (reviewed in this volume) suggests that the situation is similar in other countries and that driver distraction and inattention are even more dangerous as contributing factors in crashes than drug and alcohol intoxication. Having a solid evidence-base from which to develop injury countermeasures is a cornerstone of road-safety management. This book adds to the accumulating evidence-base on driver distraction and inattention. With 24 chapters by 52 authors from more than 10 countries, it provides important new perspectives on the definition and meaning of driver distraction and inattention, the mechanisms that characterize them, the measurement of their effects, strategies for mitigating their effects, and recommendations for further research.
This third edition contains invaluable new information you need to know about driver perception and response, and related human factors and design issues. If you work with driver perception and response cases in any capacity, this book is an invaluable addition to your reference library. This text contains the most current information available in the area of driver perception and perception-response time. Existing chapters have been expanded, and new chapters have been added to present completely new material on many related driver perception and response issues including: Roadway design and the driver Work zones Railroad grade crossings Roadway signage Weather and driving Driver distraction