Prior to the roll out of any intervention components and following the conclusion of all interventions, schools may elect to hold parking lot observations of student drivers to assess how often students are engaged in distracted driving behaviors. Schools may also elect to give all students a survey on driver attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs about distracted driving. Obtaining this information can help schools understand the prevalence of distracted driving behaviors in their school. The post-intervention surveys and behavioral observations will measure the change in teens’ distracted driving behaviors, knowledge, and perceived risks following the intervention components. If you choose to run the parking lot observations and/or give the students the In Control survey, it is important to time them carefully. You want to be sure to run both behavioral observations and student surveys before putting up any program kickoff posters or running any interventions. Post-test surveys and observations should immediately follow the last intervention component. Measuring the change between pre- and post-interventions will help you determine the increased awareness/decreased driver-distraction behaviors by your students.
Parking Lot Observations
Driver observations will allow your school to examine the prevalence of distracted driving. If you decide to perform the driver observations at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the school year, you can examine the data to determine how effective the interventions were for your school. Attached are blank and sample observation forms and a suggested letter informing parents of parking lot observations.
Distracted Diving Student Survey
Schools may elect to participate in a pre- and posttest in order to determine how effective their interventions are on the student population. Surveys will be anonymous, but depending on the individual school’s preferences and policies, parental permission or notification may be required. The survey measures students’ attitudes, behavior, knowledge, and risk perceptions with regards to driving distracted. Attached are the Distracted Driving Survey and teacher instructions.