Safety Culture

2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index

The sixth-annual Traffic Safety Culture Index provides the very latest survey data on the attitudes and behaviors of American motorists.

Don't Be Fooled! AAA Foundation Confronts Traffic Safety Myths

This April 1, the AAA Foundation wants to make sure no motorists get "fooled" into believing these commonly-held, yet totally debunked, traffic safety myths!

Temporal Trends in Indicators of Traffic Safety Culture among Drivers in the United States, 2009-2012

A discussion of the trends observed in the nation's traffic safety culture over the past four years, based on the findings from our most recent surveys of the American public.

Measuring Cognitive Distractions

In this landmark study of distracted driving, the AAA Foundation challenges the notion that drivers are safe and attentive as long as their eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel. Using cutting-edge methods for measuring brain activity and assessing indicators of driving performance, this research examines the mind of the driver, and highlights the mental distractions caused by a variety of tasks that may be performed behind the wheel.

Distracted and Risk-Prone Drivers

Distracted driving remains a significant and high-profile traffic safety concern, with cell phone use and text messaging among its most visible manifestations. This report presents the latest data on distracted driving from the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index, and examines select findings of self-reported behaviors and attitudes in the Index concluding that distracted driving may simply be one manifestation of risk-prone driving more broadly.

2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index

For the fifth consecutive year the Foundation has conducted a national survey of driver attitudes and behaviors. As in previous years, the Index highlights aspects of the current traffic safety culture that might be characterized as a culture of indifference, where drivers effectively say "do as I say, not as I do."

2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index: Motorists Admit to Driving Drowsy

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducts research with a focus toward creating a social climate where traffic safety is highly valued and rigorously pursed. The 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index found that finds that 96% of drivers consider it to be unacceptable for someone to drive when they are so sleepy that they have a hard time keeping their eyes open.

Motor Vehicle Crashes, Injuries, and Deaths in Relation to Driver Age

The study found, drivers of all ages experienced decreases in all three crash rates -- crashes per population, crashes per driver, and crashes per mile driver -- over the study periods.

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