Perceived Risk of Phoning While Driving: A Case Study from Jordan

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The use of mobile phones while driving is banned in most countries since it impairs driving performance and is believed to increase crash risk. The aim of this research is to identify the prevalence of phoning while driving in Jordan and to examine the association between drivers’ perception of risk and potential predicting variables. A sample of 423 drivers was surveyed to gather information on their mobile phone use while driving as well as their risk perception. Data collection took place anonymously at diverse locations through a self-report questionnaire. Statistical analysis was performed to highlight the association between risk levels and drivers’ demographics and exposure characteristics. An alarming rate of 93.1% of drivers, mostly young male college students, engaged in this unsafe behavior despite being aware of the associated risk and legislative laws. Findings suggested gender, employment status, age, education level, driving experience, and daily traveled distance were associated with mobile phone use while driving. Recommendations to enhance traffic safety were proposed and further research directions were highlighted.




Ismeik, Muhannad, Ahmed Al-Kaisy, and Khalid Al-Ansari. “Perceived Risk of Phoning While Driving: A Case Study from Jordan.” Safety Science 78 (October 2015): 1–10. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2015.02.011.
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