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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (8): 1328-1337.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01328

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Mobile Phone Use while Driving: Self-Regulatory Behavior Based on Compensatory Beliefs

ZHOU Ronggang   

  1. School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
  • Received:2014-01-17 Online:2014-08-15 Published:2014-08-15
  • Contact: ZHOU Ronggang


Mobile phone use while driving is one of the most important contributors to driver distraction, and as a significant body of recent research have revealed that this behavior can cause impairments to driving performance. In China, as in many other countries, mobile phone use while driving is illegal. But then, there is an increasing evidence of widespread actual mobile use behaviors while driving. Therefore, when a driver knows the behavior of use mobiles while driving is a risky behavior, and he has to use a mobile phone while driving, then how do they modulate their behaviors accordingly? The fundamental question regarding the effect of competing activities on driver performance or driving safety is whether and how drivers compensatory for any decrease or riskiness in attention to driving task (i.e., self-regulate) to maintain adequate safety margins. Surprisingly, little research has directly addressed this problem. According to current literatures, the following perspectives are used to review this very important issue: (1) mobile phone use while driving and risk perception, (2) the self-regulations uses in the condition of driving, and (3) with use of Theory of Planned Behavior and Compensatory Healthy Beliefs Model, how to predict mobile phone use and corresponding compensatory behaviors.

Key words: compensatory safety beliefs, self-regulation behavior, distracted driving, mobile phone use