Understanding commercial truck drivers' decision-makin process concerning distracted driving

David I. Swedler, Keshia M. Pollack, Andrea C. Gielen

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A concurrent mixed methods design was used to explore personal and workplace factors, informed by the Theory of Planned Behavior, that affect truck drivers' decision-making about distracted driving on the job. Qualitative data were collected via semi-structured interviews with experts in truck safety and distracted driving, and quantitative data were collected via online survey of truck drivers in the United States. Findings from the interviews illustrated how drivers perceived distractions and the importance of supervisors enforcing organizational distracted driving policies. Survey results found that behavioral intentions were most important in regards to texting and crash and near-crash outcomes, while perceived norms from management best described the correlation between dispatch device use and negative crash-related outcomes. By using a mixed methods design, rather than two separate studies, these findings revealed nuanced differences into the influence of supervisors on distracted driving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
StatePublished - May 2015


  • Mixed methods
  • Occupational health
  • Texting
  • Theory of planned behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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