Age and gender comparisons of driving while sleepy : behaviours and risk perceptions

Obst, Patricia L., Armstrong, Kerry A., Smith, Simon S., & Banks, Tamara D. (2011) Age and gender comparisons of driving while sleepy : behaviours and risk perceptions. Transportation Research Part F : Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 14(6), pp. 539-542.

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To assist road safety professionals in developing effective strategies to combat the risk associated with driving while fatigued, a survey was administered to 1000 Australian drivers. Participants reported their past behaviours in regards to driving while sleepy and their perceptions of risk associated with driving fatigued as compared to speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. Although participants appeared to be aware of the substantial risk associated with driving while sleepy, many drivers reported that they frequently drive when sleepy. Age and gender comparisons, revealed that risk taking behaviour in regards to driving while sleepy is occurring across all age groups and in both male and female drivers. Overall young to middle age drivers and male drivers reported the highest frequency of driving while sleepy and reported the lowest perceived personal risk in regards to driving while sleepy.

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ID Code: 43686
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: fatigue, driving sleepy, risk perception, age, gender
DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2011.06.005
ISSN: 1369-8478
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
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 2011 Elsevier
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2011 22:27
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:38

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