Safety Culture

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.

American Driving Survey Year One May 2013 - May 2014

AAA Foundation has commissioned a team of researchers at the Urban Institute to perform a survey to develop, pilot test, and implement a data collection system to collect these data at the national level on an ongoing basis, with a special focus on young drivers and senior drivers.That data collection system—the American Driving Survey—was launched on May 21, 2013 and is presently ongoing.

2014 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 2014, sampling was expanded to allow for reporting at the state level for 24 states, which cover 80 percent of the U.S. population.

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