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Prevalence and Perception of Following Too Close in Queensland

Rakotonirainy, A., Demmel, S., Watson, A., Haque, M., Fleiter, J., Watson, B., Washington, S.

Road Environment and Driver Behaviour

ARSC conference 2017

This paper reports on a three year multidisciplinary research project for Motor Accident Insurance Commission investigating the relationship between rear-end crashes and unsafe car-following behaviours in Queensland. The methodology combined on-road data collection, crash data and self-report behavioural data. On-road measurements (3 million data-points) confirmed that tailgating is a major contributor to rear-end crashes. Results from the community survey (N=495) indicated that most drivers expressed the belief that they are keeping safe distances. However, objective measurements from the larger on-road analysis showed that this is generally not the case. Our findings and the policy implications will be discussed in detail.