Carphone use and motorway driving

A. M. Parkes, S. H. Fairclough, M. C. Ashby

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This study sought to identify changes in driver behaviour due to handsfree telephone conversations carried out during motorway driving. 18 volunteer subjects either drove in silence or whilst completing verbal tasks on a Carphone. No evidence for a change in driving behaviour in terms of speed choice, lane occupancy, accelerator use or overtaking manoeuvres was found. However mental workload did increase. The results are presented in relation to other studies, and safety implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 1984-2008
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers and an Overview of the Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780415804349
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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