Grey Nomads: Road Safety Impacts and Risk Management

Obst, Patricia L., Brayley, Nadine, & King, Mark J. (2008) Grey Nomads: Road Safety Impacts and Risk Management. In 2008 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 10-12 November 2008, Adelaide South Australia.

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The Australian population is ageing, and an increasing number of older Australians are becoming "grey nomads", driving long distances on high speed rural roads. While many drivers in this age range are engaging in self regulation and limiting their driving to known roads, this population are driving on highly unfamiliar roads, and possibly engaging in unfamiliar practices such as towing large loads (e.g. caravans, camping trailers) or driving large vehicles (e.g. motorhomes, large four wheel drives). The current factors that contribute to this travel pattern, the associated exposure to risk and the crash outcomes are largely unknown. The current study provides an overview of this growing social group, through the results of a pilot study (N = 136). The study details the distances travelled by grey nomads, the types of trips and places frequented, and the typical duration of trips. The research also details what risks in terms of both health and road safety they may be exposed to and their current knowledge and management of these risk factors. Further, the research explores the safety advice available to this population and how they access this information. In the context of the potential growth of the grey nomad movement, the research presents recommendations for the type of safety information and education most needed to minimise their risk exposure and the best way of disseminating this information within this specific population.

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ID Code: 16876
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Road Safety, Road Safety Education, Risk Management, Grey Nomads, Older Drivers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Past > Schools > School of Software Engineering & Data Communications
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2008 23:21
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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