Research and analysis: Mobile phone use by drivers

Department For Transport

October 16
23:15 2020

A naturalistic study of mobile phone distraction during driving: an analysis of the UDRIVE project database

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The governments objective in commissioning this research was to gain insight into why, how, when and in what contexts mobile phones are used while driving.

The study specifically identified and analysed instances of mobile phone use by drivers, which were taken from the wider European UDRIVE naturalistic driving study that took place from 2015 to 2017.

The researchers:

  • took a sample of 51 UK participants
  • analysed 765 trips made by them (approximately 15 trips per driver)
  • broke down mobile phone use into detailed steps, making a distinction between handheld and hands-free use
  • coded each interaction

The behaviours observed and described in the report give a very real flavour of what is happening on the UKs roads.

Published 17 October 2020

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