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Title: Driven to distraction: Determining the effects of roadside advertising on driver attention
Authors: Young, MS
Mahfoud, JM
Keywords: Automotive;Advertising;Attention
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Brunel University
Abstract: There is growing concern that roadside advertising presents a real risk to driving safety, with conservative estimates putting external distractors responsible for up to 10% of all accidents. In this report, we present a simulator study quantifying the effects of billboards on driver attention, mental workload and performance in Urban, Motorway and Rural environments. The results demonstrate that roadside advertising has a clear detrimental effect on lateral control, increases mental workload and eye fixations, and on some roads can draw attention away from more relevant road signage. Detailed analysis of the data suggests that the effects of billboards may in fact be more consequential in scenarios which are monotonous or of lower workload. Nevertheless, the overriding conclusion is that prudence should be exercised when authorising or placing roadside advertising. The findings are discussed with respect to governmental policy and guidelines.
Appears in Collections:Ergonomics
Dept of Design Research Papers

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