International drivers in unfamiliar surroundings: The problem of disorientation

Wilks, Jeffrey, Watson, Barry C., Johnston, Kim L., & Hansen, Julie A. (1999) International drivers in unfamiliar surroundings: The problem of disorientation. Travel Medicine International, 17(6), pp. 162-167.

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Leading up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, increased attention is being given to road safety for international visitors to Australia. Current research suggests that there are some identifiable differences in the nature of road crashes involving international and Australian drivers. In particular, international drivers are more likely to be involved in crashes that appear to result from disorientation. The incidence of disorientation-related crashes seems to be exacerbated by driver fatigue and unfamiliarity with Australian driving conditions. The problem is particularly acute among visitors from right-side of the road driving countries. Implications of these findings for the provision of travel advice are discussed.

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ID Code: 7254
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: tourism, international drivers, road safety
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600) > Tourism not elsewhere classified (150699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sensory Processes Perception and Performance (170112)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Please refer to the publisher's(link above) for more information.
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:19

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