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Driver perceptions of the system-wide factors contributing to driving while fatigued

Read, G, Salmon, P M

Fatigue & Distraction

ARSC conference 2016

EXTENDED ABSTRACT: Fatigued driving is a well-known road safety issue. While fatigued driving is usually investigated from an individual perspective, this study used a novel approach to identify the system-wide factors influencing this issue. An online survey methodology was used to gather the perceptions of 150 Queensland drivers about the factors that contribute to fatigued driving, and recommendations for reducing its prevalence. The results suggested that drivers perceive individual factors to be the predominant cause of fatigued driving. However, some wider system-level factors and recommendations were identified. Implications for practical countermeasures to reduce the incidence of fatigued driving are discussed.