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Driver Behaviour and Attitude is Key

Littler, S, Styles, P, Bryden, R, Kuerschner, J

Driver Psychology / Human Factors

ARSC conference 2015

Whilst we can be proud as a Nation that our road toll has reduced over the past decade, the number of serious accidents has not reduced, and this cannot be ignored._x000D_

_x000D_Over 99% of crashes involve some degree of driver error. Driver decisions in the moments leading up to a crash, can in most cases prevent or reduce the severity. _x000D_

An urgent focus needs to be placed on creating a "responsible" culture of drivers on our roads._x000D_

_x000D_A vehicle cannot be driven without a driver. Yet little credibility is placed on the value of focusing on improving driver education to improve road safety. It has been disappointing to see whenever this subject is raised in the road safety industry, it is instantly dismissed by many. _x000D_

_x000D_It would appear this thinking has come about because of statements such as "even the most competent driver will still make mistakes", so the focus has been to remove the driver from the equation, in an effort to reduce the risk._x000D_

_x000D_Whilst all drivers can make mistakes, what needs to be considered is that "aware drivers" have the ability to manage and correct those mistakes, and most importantly, can often anticipate the mistakes of other drivers._x000D_

_x000D_The Safe Systems approach as part of the National Road Safety Strategy is yet to realise its full potential when it comes to Safer People. _x000D_

_x000D_It is far more effective to avoid crashes in the first place by adopting lower risk driving techniques.