Conference Proceeding

A Research Synthesis of Text Messaging and Driving Performance

  • Jess K Caird (University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
  • Kate Johnston (University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
  • Chelsea Willness (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • Mark Asbridge (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)


To determine the effects of text messaging on driving performance, all available experimental studies that measured driving performance were identified through a variety of database searches and backtracking strategies, and analyzed using standard research synthesis methods. Fourteen studies with a total of 519 participants were coded and analyzed. Methodology, independent and dependent variables, and statistical analyses varied widely across studies, but conclusions were clear and convergent. Reaction time, crashes, longitudinal and lateral control, eye movements, hazard detection and subjective workload measures indicate significant decrements in driving performance while reading and typing text messages. The importance of the results for further policy development and methodological reporting is briefly introduced.

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Caird, J. & Johnston, K. & Willness, C. & Asbridge, M., (2013) “A Research Synthesis of Text Messaging and Driving Performance”, Driving Assessment Conference 7(2013), 348-354. doi:

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Published on
19 Jun 2013
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