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Driver Distraction from Electronic Devices: Insights and Implications WB1140

Although many have an idea of what the term “driver distraction” means, there is no common definition within the research community. Additionally, there are many studies that have investigated the topic, but with varying and sometimes conflicting results. What should be made of these discrepancies?

This four-hour web seminar will provide an overview of driver distraction (predominantly electronic devices): the problem; how to define it; the current state of research and how to critically evaluate that research to make informed decisions; and the effectiveness of state laws and fleet policies to reduce it. The conclusion of the course will summarize strategies, techniques, and technologies that have been shown to be effective in reducing distracted driving from electronic devices.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.

Learning Objectives
By connecting with this web seminar, you will be able to:
  • Weigh the extent of the driver distraction problem
  • Define driver distraction
  • Critically examine the current state of driver distraction research
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of various research approaches that assess driver distraction from electronic devices
  • Recognize the difference between various forms of distraction (cognitive, auditory, visual, manual)
  • Assess the effectiveness of policy efforts to reduce driver distraction from electronic devices
  • Explain that all cell phone “tasks” do not have equal risk
  • Determine effective strategies, techniques, and technologies for minimizing distracted driving

Who Should Attend
This web seminar is intended for all those interested in being equipped to critically examine the current state of research in driver distraction. Although the course is aimed at driver distraction from electronic devices, the results pertain to driver distraction in general. Vehicle manufacturers, OEMs, and cell phone providers and manufacturers will be able to use the information presented in this web seminar to develop engineering solutions in this area. Government and driving advocate officials will be able to use the information presented in this course to design and deliver informed policy decisions regarding driver distraction. Transportation safety researchers will learn about the latest research in this area as well as future research needs.

Session 1
  • Overview of Driver Distraction Problem
    • Statistics (crashes, injuries, fatalities, monetary burden)
  • Forms of Distraction
    • Cognitive
    • Visual
    • Auditory
    • Manual
    • Definition of Driver Distraction
    • Overview of Methods to Assess Driver Distraction
      • Epidemiological
      • Empirical
      • Naturalistic
Session 2
  • Possible Reasons for Discrepancies
    • Driver Choice
    • Self-regulation
    • Arousal
  • Effectiveness of Policy Efforts to Reduce Driver Distraction from Electronic Devices
  • Research Needs/Next Steps
  • Minimizing Distracted Driving from Electronic Devices (what works, what shows promise, what doesn't work)
  • Summary
Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

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Multiple Seat Discount - Does your company have a group of employees who need this course? Register one individual at the appropriate member or list price, then register additional employees at half off the list price. Registration by phone with

If you cannot attend, you may register a substitute in your place or transfer your registration to a future offering. A full refund is issued if you notify SAE at least 14 days prior to web seminar start date. If canceled less than 14 days prior, the full fee is charged. For $50, you may process a one-time transfer to a future offering within one year of canceled web seminar. Canceling may reduce group discounts. To cancel, transfer or send a substitute, call SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (US & Canada only) or 1-724-776-4970.

Jeffrey Hickman

Jeff Hickman

Dr. Jeffrey Hickman is a Group Leader at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. His primary areas of research include community-wide applications of behavior-based safety, self-management, and organizational culture change techniques, assessing driver behavior, fatigue, work/rest cycles, and driver distraction in commercial motor operations. These research projects include competitive research awards from the FMCSA, NHTSA, Mine Health and Safety Administration, National Transportation Research Center, Inc., Transportation Research Board, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. He has over 60 presentations, 30 scientific publications and technical reports, scientific reviews for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Dr. Hickman is also the President of Hickman Management Solutions. He has significant experience in the design, delivery, and implementation of targeted solutions for organizations looking to improve safety, productivity, and performance.

Fees: $425.00
SAE Members: $340.00 - $383.00

.4 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

"Very interesting topic and good insight on past studies."
Susan Drescher
Product Management
Continental Automotive

To register, click the Register button above or contact SAE Customer Service 1-877-606-7323 (724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at

Duration: 4 Hours
May 29-31, 2019 (2 Sessions) - Live Online
  • Session 1 - May 29 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - May 31 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
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