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

By Patricia L. Obst, Kerry A. Armstrong, Simon S. Smith and Tamara D. Banks


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

Topics: 150703 Road Transportation and Freight Services, fatigue, driving sleepy, risk perception, age, gender
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.trf.2011.06.005
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