Factors influencing intentions to text while driving among Polish drivers

Przepiorka A. M. , Blachnio A. P. , Sullman M. J. M.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART F-TRAFFIC PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR, vol.55, pp.306-313, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.trf.2018.03.015
  • Page Numbers: pp.306-313
  • Keywords: Mobile phone, Cell phone, Driving, Texting, Theory of planned behaviour, Polish drivers, MOBILE PHONE USE, PERCEIVED BEHAVIORAL-CONTROL, PLANNED BEHAVIOR, DISTRACTION, PERFORMANCE, ROADSIDE, AGE


Previous research has found that using a mobile phone while driving has a detrimental effect on driver safety and performance. The present study used the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) to examine a number of factors thought to be related to intentions to send or read text messages while driving. A total of 298 Polish drivers completed a survey that included measures of the TPB components related to intentions to send or read text messages in four different scenarios. The scenarios differed according to whether or not the drivers were waiting at traffic lights or travelling at 100 km/h and according to whether or not they were under time pressure. The research found that Attitudes and Perceived Behavioural Control were positive predictors of general intentions to use a mobile phone while driving. Similarly, Attitudes consistently predicted intentions to send and read text messages across the four scenarios. The findings of this study could be utilised for developing an educational campaign aimed at promoting more positive attitudes toward road safety and at reducing intentions to use mobile phones while driving. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.