Continuing to drive while sleepy: the influence of sleepiness countermeasures, motivation for driving sleepy, and risk perception

Watling, Christopher N., Armstrong, Kerry A., Obst, Patricia L. and Smith, Simon S. (2014) Continuing to drive while sleepy: the influence of sleepiness countermeasures, motivation for driving sleepy, and risk perception. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 73 262-268. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2014.09.021


Author Watling, Christopher N.
Armstrong, Kerry A.
Obst, Patricia L.
Smith, Simon S.
Title Continuing to drive while sleepy: the influence of sleepiness countermeasures, motivation for driving sleepy, and risk perception
Journal name Accident Analysis and Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4575
1879-2057
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2014.09.021
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 73
Start page 262
End page 268
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Driver sleepiness is a major contributor to road crashes. The current study sought to examine the association between perceptions of effectiveness of six sleepiness countermeasures and their relationship with self-reports of continuing to drive while sleepy among 309 drivers after controlling for the influence of age, sex, motivation for driving sleepy, and risk perception of sleepy driving. The results demonstrate that the variables of age, sex, motivation, and risk perception were significantly associated with self-reports of continuing to drive while sleepy and only one countermeasure was associated with self-reports of continuing to drive while sleepy. Further, it was found that age differences in self-reports of continuing to drive while sleepy was mediated by participants’ motivation and risk perception. These findings highlight modifiable factors that could be focused on with interventions that seek to modify drivers’ attitudes and behaviours of driving while sleepy.
Keyword Sleepy driving
Sleepiness countermeasures
Risk perception
Driving motivation
Australian drivers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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