Safety Culture

American Driving Survey 2014–2015

The American Driving Survey is a data collection system, consisting of daily telephone interviews of a representative sample of the United States population. Respondents are asked to report all of the driving that they did over a 24-hour period the day before the interview. By aggregating results from interviews conducted each day, the data are used to estimate the average and total amount that Americans drive each year and to describe the driving that they do.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Aggressive Driving Behavior: United States, 2014

The purpose of this study was to provide estimates of the prevalence of aggressive driving behaviors. The data analyzed were collected via a nationally-representative online survey of 2,705 licensed drivers aged 16 and older conducted in the United States in 2014.

2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index

Since 2006, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has been sponsoring research to better understand traffic safety culture. The Foundation’s long-term term vision is to create a “social climate in which traffic safety is highly valued and rigorously pursued.” In 2008, the AAA Foundation conducted the first Traffic Safety Culture Index (TSCI), a nationally representative survey, to begin to assess a few key indicators of the degree to which traffic safety is valued and is being pursued. The 2015 TSCI report continues this groundbreaking work.

Motor Vehicle Crashes, Injuries, and Deaths in Relation to Weather Conditions

This study investigated the number of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and
deaths that occurred in the United States in years 2010-2014 in relation to
weather conditions and roadway surface conditions.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Drowsy Driving, United States: 2015

Fatigue, or drowsiness, is known to degrade driving performance by slowing reaction time, impairing judgment and situational awareness, and increasing attentional lapses as well as the occurrence of microsleeps. The purpose of the present study was to provide updated estimates of the prevalence of selfreported drowsy driving using data from a nationally-representative survey of drivers conducted in 2015.

The Smartphone and the Driver’s Cognitive Workload: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft’s Intelligent Personal Assistants

This research examines the impact of voice-based interactions using three different intelligent personal assistants (Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now for Android phones, and Microsoft’s Cortana) on the cognitive workload of the driver.

Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile III: A Comparison of 10 2015 In-Vehicle Information Systems

This research represents the third phase of the Foundation’s comprehensive investigation into cognitive distraction, which shows that new hands-free technologies can mentally distract drivers even if their eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel.

Did the Great Recession Keep Bad Drivers Off the Road?

This research report establishes that recessions have differential impacts on driving behavior by decreasing the vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) of observably risky drivers, such as those over age 60, and by increasing the VMT of observably safer drivers.


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