National Transportation Center

National Transportation Center

A person holding a phone while driving and focusing on the phoneApril is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

We would like to thank the Maryland Highway Safety Office for supporting our research and outreach.Maryland Department of Transportation Logo

We all know that texting and driving is dangerous (although we do it anyway), but our research found that another dangerous activity is taking on and off clothing while driving -- struggling out of that jacket on a warm day causes drivers to reduce their speed and deviate from the center of the lane. We also found that hands-free cell phones were nearly as distracting as hand-held ones, and even billboards distract drivers. Read a one-page summary of our research into distracted driving or read the full report.

Ever wonder how we can safely study driver behavior? This 30-second video airing on Maryland Public Television gives you an overview. This video explains in more detail how our full-size driving simulator, eye-tracking system and supercomputers work.

Watch a 30-second video on distracted driving. 

Quick facts about distracted driving

Every day in the U.S. eight people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2018, crashes involving a distracted driver injured an estimated 400,000 people, and killed 2,800. About 1 in 5 of those were walking or biking or not in a vehicle. (Source: CDC)

Reading an incoming text message at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. (Source: MDOT)

18.5% of drivers always and 43.5% sometimes enter an address to GPS while driving. (Source: UMEC)

In a 2019 study, 39% of high school students who drove within the past 30 days reported they texted or emailed while driving on at least one of those days. (Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)

Apply now for the National Summer Transportation Institute

We are accepting applications for the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), a free program for middle and high school students in July. Learn more and apply online.

Get EVsmart!

Join us on Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m. for a the free webinar Getting EVsmart: How Utilities like BGE are driving Equitable Electrified Transportation.

Baltimore Gas and Electric, founded in 1816, is driving Maryland forward to the future, laying groundwork for a transition to electric vehicles. Join BGE's CEO and its EVsmart team to learn about how BGE is supporting EVs and working to bring equitable access to this revolutionary new tech. BGE will be joined by executives from Volkswagen and Bay Area-startup WeaveGrid to discuss their own efforts to develop and market new EV products and technologies for consumers and businesses.

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