This power point presentation explores:

  • Types of distraction whilst driving
  • Cognitive distraction, inattention blindness, and multi-tasking
  • Prevalence of distraction whilst driving
  • What we have yet to learn
  • What are promising approaches

Types of Distraction?

  • Intentional shift of attention from driving
  • Changing radio station/cd/ipod/etc.
  • Conversation with passenger
  • Attending to children
  • Talking on phone, texting, etc.
  • Fighting with partner, etc.
  • Unintentional shift of attention from driving
  • Roadside event
  • Fatigue
  • Driving confusion (signage, etc.)
  • Advertising, signage, etc.

Cognitive Distraction

A distraction that occupies the cognitive processes of the brain

Compare the following:

–Recite the alphabet while driving

––Name all of the cities you have lived in during your lifetime (while driving)

––Estimate the amount of money you spend on groceries in a year (while driving)