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A Scoping Study on Driver’s Perspective of Distracting Factors

Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The Hashemite University, Zarqa 13133, Jordan
Department of Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying, Military Technological College, Al Matar Street, Muscat 111, Oman
Civil Engineering Department, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan
Department of Civil Engineering, Applied Science Private University, Amman 11931, Jordan
Department of Child Education, Queen Rania Faculty for Childhood, The Hashemite University, Zarqa 13133, Jordan
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Academic Editors: Krzysztof Goniewicz, Robert Czerski and Marek Kustra
Received: 26 August 2021 / Revised: 25 September 2021 / Accepted: 26 September 2021 / Published: 30 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transport Systems: Safety Modeling, Visions and Strategies)
Distracting activities while driving are common and can result in errors that threaten road users’ safety. The main objectives of this study were to investigate drivers’ perspectives of the factors contributing to distraction, determine the relative rank of types of distractions, recognize the road factors and environmental effects that make distractions more dangerous, and identify the most effective measures to reduce driver distractions. A survey was conducted to assess Jordanian drivers’ experiences with distracted driving, and what solutions they believed could be implemented to solve the problems. The study’s outcomes revealed that drivers perceive visual distractions as the most dangerous, followed by cognitive, manual, and auditory distractions, respectively. It was also found that “mobile phone texting or dialing” was ranked the top most dangerous visual and manual distracting factor. “Baby is crying or kids are fighting in the back seat” was perceived by all demographic groups as the riskiest auditory factor. Regarding cognitive distraction, four factors were perceived as the most serious, of which “Baby is crying”, “Driving while angry or sad or agitated”, “Talking on a cell phone—even a hands-free one” and “Conversing with passengers” were determined to be the top four distracting factors. The results also revealed that drivers believe that “laws and enforcement” is the most effective measure to reduce distractions while driving. View Full-Text
Keywords: attention; COVID-19; driver’s distraction; mobile phone; perspectives; traffic safety attention; COVID-19; driver’s distraction; mobile phone; perspectives; traffic safety
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Al-Rousan, T.M.; Umar, A.A.; Al-Omari, A.A.; Khalaylah, Y.A.; Alkuime, H.M.; Al-Rousan, A.H. A Scoping Study on Driver’s Perspective of Distracting Factors. Infrastructures 2021, 6, 139.

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Al-Rousan TM, Umar AA, Al-Omari AA, Khalaylah YA, Alkuime HM, Al-Rousan AH. A Scoping Study on Driver’s Perspective of Distracting Factors. Infrastructures. 2021; 6(10):139.

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Al-Rousan, Taleb M., Abdullahi A. Umar, Aslam A. Al-Omari, Yahia A. Khalaylah, Hamza M. Alkuime, and Ayoub H. Al-Rousan 2021. "A Scoping Study on Driver’s Perspective of Distracting Factors" Infrastructures 6, no. 10: 139.

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