Distracted Driving


Distracted driving, including using a smartphone while driving, can have severe consequences for youth and adults alike. From research covering the risks associated with cell phone use while driving to the laws governing the use of technology in vehicles, this guide presents a comprehensive curation of content related to the topic of distracted driving and youth.

Books & Chapters

Distracted Driving (2015)
This book, authored by Toney Allman and published by Cengage Learning, focuses on the issue of distracted driving and how to prevent it.

Cell Phones and Driving (2015)
This book presents articles both supporting and opposing topics related to cell phones and driving, addressing such issues as texting while driving and distracted youth.


Accident Analysis and Prevention
Computers in Human Behavior
JAMA Pediatrics
Journal of Adolescent Health
Journal of Adolescent Research
Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM)
Journal of Safety Research
National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA)
Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine


Bergmark RW, Gliklich E, Guo R, Gliklich RE. Texting while driving: the development and validation of the distracted driving survey and risk score among young adults. Inj Epidemiol. 2016;3(1):7. doi:10.1186/s40621-016-0073-8

Gershon P, Zhu C, Klauer SG, Dingus T, Simons-Morton B. Teens’ distracted driving behavior: Prevalence and predictors. J Safety Res. 2017;63:157-161. doi:10.1016/j.jsr.2017.10.002

Harrison MA. College students’ prevalence and perceptions of text messaging while driving. Accid Analysis Prev. 2011;43(4):1516-1520. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2011.03.003

Klauer SG, Guo F, Simons-Morton BG, Ouimet MC, Lee SE, Dingus TA. Distracted driving and risk of road crashes among novice and experienced drivers. N Engl J Med. 2014;370(1):54-59. doi:10.1056/NEJMsa1204142

McDonald CC, Sommers MS. Teen drivers’ perceptions of inattention and cell phone use while driving. Traffic Inj Prev. 2015;16(sup2):S52-S58. doi:10.1080/15389588.2015.1062886

Narad M, Garner AA, Brassell AA, et al. Impact of distraction on the driving performance of adolescents with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. JAMA Pediatrics. 2013;167(10):933-938. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.322

Nelson E, Atchley P, Little TD. The effects of perception of risk and importance of answering and initiating a cellular phone call while driving. Accid Analysis Prev. 2009;41(3):438-444. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2009.01.006

O’Brien NP, Goodwin AH, Foss RD. Talking and texting among teenage drivers: A glass half empty or half full? Traffic Inj Prev. 2010;11(6):549-554. doi:10.1080/15389588.2010.516036

Olsen EO, Shults RA, Eaton DK. Texting while driving and other risky motor vehicle behaviors among US high school students. Pediatrics. 2013;131(6):e1708-e1715. doi:10.1542/peds.2012-3462

Schmidt S, Morrongiello BA, Colwell SR. Evaluating a model linking assessed parent factors to four domains of youth risky driving. Accid Analysis Prev. 2014;69:40-50. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2013.08.028

Westlake EJ, Boyle LN. Perceptions of driver distraction among teenage drivers. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 2012;15(6):644-653. doi:10.1016/j.trf.2012.06.004


FCC Distracted Driving Consumer Guide
The FCC’s consumer guide to the topic of distracted driving.

GHSA State Distracted Driving Laws
The Governors Highway Safety Association website, which includes a listing of state distracted driving laws.

MedLine Plus: Impaired Driving
The National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families that details research and statistics related to impaired driving (including distracted driving).

National Safety Council: Distracted Driving Research
Distracted driving research, statistics and infographics.

NHTSA Distracted Driving Campaign
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s online resource for statistics, reports, and research related to the topic of distracted driving.

Teen Driver Source
Administered by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s research institute, you will find a variety of statistics and facts about teen distracted driving on this website.

Researchers of Note

Charlie Klauer
Feng Guo
National Institute of Health
Pew Research Center

Policies & Guidelines

The Teen Driver
The American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on teens and driving.


Distracted Driving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website includes an overview of distracted driving.

Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Driver Electronic Device Use in 2017
U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The Effect of Passengers on Teen Driver Behavior
U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Teens and Distracted Driving
Pew Research Center

Understanding the Effects of Distracted Driving and Developing Strategies to Reduce Resulting Deaths and Injuries: A Report to Congress
U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Using Naturalistic Driving Data to Examine Teen Driver Behaviors Present in Motor Vehicle Crashes
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety