Safety climate and the distracted driving experiences of truck drivers

David I. Swedler, Keshia M. Pollack, Jacqueline Agnew

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Background: For truck drivers, distracted driving is a workplace behavior that increases occupational injury risk. We propose safety climate as an appropriate lens through which researchers can examine occupational distracted driving. Methods: Using a mixed methods study design, we surveyed truck drivers using the Safety Climate Questionnaire (SCQ) complemented by semi-structured interviews of experts on distracted driving and truck safety. Safety climate was assessed by using the entire SCQ as an overall climate score, followed by factor analysis that identified the following safety climate factors: Communications and Procedures; Management Commitment; and Work Pressure. Results: In multivariate regression, the overall safety climate scale was associated with having ever experienced a crash and/or distraction-involved swerving. Interview participants described how these SCQ constructs could affect occupational distracted driving. Conclusion: To reduce distraction-related crashes in their organizations, management can adhere to safe policies and procedures, invest in engineering controls, and develop safer communication procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-755
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Cell phone use
  • Commercial trucks
  • Hard braking
  • Mixed methods
  • Motor vehicle crash
  • Near-crash
  • Occupational safety
  • Texting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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