Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychological Science

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Mary Pritchard


Despite the dangers of and legalities concerning distracted driving (e.g., texting, calling or talking with handheld device, eating or drinking, viewing social media), many U.S. adults continue to drive while distracted. Undergraduate Psychology 101 students were surveyed regarding their distracted driving behaviors. In relation to this, students were asked whether they believed themselves to be responsible individuals. I hypothesized that college-aged drivers ignore the dangers and legal repercussions of distracted driving and feel that they are responsible individuals Approximately 86% of students admitted to texting and driving; however, 98.7% of those students believed themselves to be responsible individuals. Even though undergraduate psychology students believe they are responsible individuals, they will put themselves as well as others at risk while distracted behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Implications for drivers and plans for future research will be discussed.