Traffic Safety Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Fatal Crashes in 2020–2022

Driver Behavior & Performance

Traffic Safety Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Fatal Crashes in 2020–2022

Traffic fatalities surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research highlights the fact that disadvantaged communities bore the brunt of the increase and calls for holistic solutions to promote equitable access to safe transportation.

July 2024 Research Brief

Drowsy Driving in Fatal Crashes, United States, 2017–2021

Driver Behavior & Performance

Drowsy Driving in Fatal Crashes, United States, 2017–2021

The contribution of drowsy driving to motor vehicle crashes is difficult to measure. This study uses data from a sample of in-depth crash investigations to develop a model to estimate the percentage of fatal crashes nationwide that involve drowsy driving.

March 2024 Research Brief

Countermeasures for Distracted Driving: An Exploration Beyond the Scientific Literature

Driver Behavior & Performance

Countermeasures for Distracted Driving: An Exploration Beyond the Scientific Literature

This report presents a comprehensive review of current efforts by national, state, local, and international organizations at implementing countermeasures to address driver distraction.

February 2024 Technical Report | Report Summary

2022 Traffic Safety Culture Index

Driver Behavior & Performance

2022 Traffic Safety Culture Index

The 2022 iteration of the annual Traffic Safety Culture Index describes Americans’ perceptions of, attitudes towards and engagement in dangerous driving behaviors and identifies profiles of risky driving.

November 2023 Technical Report | Report Summary

American Driving Survey: 2022

Driver Behavior & Performance

American Driving Survey: 2022

This research brief presents statistics on the amount of driving done by the American public in 2022 based on data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual American Driving Survey.

September 2023 Research Brief

Drowsiness and Decision Making During Long Drives: A Driving Simulation Study

Driver Behavior & Performance

Drowsiness and Decision Making During Long Drives: A Driving Simulation Study

This report presents the results of a driving simulation study designed to assess the extent to which drowsy drivers are aware of their own drowsiness as well as factors influencing their decisions regarding whether to continue driving or stop for a break.

March 2023 Technical Report | Report Summary

Traffic Safety Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Fatal Crashes Relative to Pre-Pandemic Trends, United States, May–December 2020

Driver Behavior & Performance

Traffic Safety Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Fatal Crashes Relative to Pre-Pandemic Trends, United States, May–December 2020

The number of traffic fatalities increased significantly in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Research Brief identifies crash-, vehicle-, and driver-related factors that contributed most to the increase in traffic fatalities.

December 2022 Research Brief

2021 Traffic Safety Culture Index

Driver Behavior & Performance

2021 Traffic Safety Culture Index

The 2021 iteration of the annual Traffic Safety Culture Index survey provides insights into the magnitude of discordance between drivers’ attitudes/perceptions and their engagement in unsafe driving behaviors.

December 2022 Technical Report | Report Summary

American Driving Survey, 2020–2021

Driver Behavior & Performance

American Driving Survey, 2020–2021

This Research Brief presents updated statistics on the amount of driving done by the American public in 2020 & 2021 based on data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual American Driving Survey.

October 2022 Research Brief

Countermeasures to Reduce Drowsy Driving: Results of a Literature Review and Discussions with Experts

Driver Behavior & Performance

Countermeasures to Reduce Drowsy Driving: Results of a Literature Review and Discussions with Experts

This report presents the results of a literature review and discussions with experts to summarize the current state of knowledge on the effectiveness of countermeasures intended to reduce drowsy driving and the associated motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths.

September 2022 Technical Report | Report Summary