Driving safety for work : a study investigating aberrant driving behaviours within a fleet setting

Freeman, James E., Wishart, Darren E., Davey, Jeremy D., & Rowland, Bevan D. (2008) Driving safety for work : a study investigating aberrant driving behaviours within a fleet setting. In Proceedings of CMRSC-XVIII, The Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals, Whistler, Canada.

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This study reports on the utilisation of the Manchester Driving Behaviour Questionnaire (DBQ) and the Driving Attitude Questionnaire (DAQ) to examine the self-reported aberrant driving behaviours and safety attitudes of a sample of Australian fleet drivers (N = 443). Surveys were posted to drivers who agreed to participate in the study. Univariate analyses of the subscales revealed that participants were least concerned about speeding, followed by risky overtaking manoeuvres, while attitudes regarding the seriousness of close following and drink driving were significantly higher. In regards to behaviours, participants were most likely to report engaging in speeding and aggressive violations, and least likely to report making driving errors. Importantly, additional bi-variate analyses revealed that individuals who engaged in regular speeding behaviours and reported risky overtaking manoeuvres were most likely to incur demerit point losses. The results indicate that fleet interventions designed to improve road safety may benefit from focusing on attempting to reduce speeding infringements and the possible "speeding culture" that may exist within the fleet industry. This paper will further outline the major findings of the study, highlight the limitations and provide direction for future fleet safety research.

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ID Code: 13755
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:46

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