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Whitepaper: Profiles in Driver Distraction: Effects of Cell Phone Conversations on Younger and Older Drivers

by Human Factors and Ergonomics SocietyJan 01, 2008

The research examined the effects of hands-free cell phone conversations on simulated driving. The paper founds that driving performance of both younger and older adults was influenced by cell phone conversations. Compared with single-task conditions, when drivers used cell phones their reactions were 18% slower, their following distance was 12% greater, and they took 17% longer to recover the speed that was lost following braking. There was also a twofold increase in the number of rear-end