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Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4790-7094
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2301-5793
2004 (Swedish)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))Alternative title
Fatigued driving : drivers' point of view (English)
Abstract [sv]

In order to reduce the number of fatigue related accidents and to identify

countermeasures that will be widely accepted by the drivers, it is necessary

to consider the drivers' point of view. Understanding the drivers'

experiences and conception of the dangers due to driver fatigue is necessary

when trying to find effective actions that stand a good chance of being

accepted by the drivers. The main objective of this study was to increase

knowledge about what information drivers need to: - recognise the feeling of

being fatigued; - realise the danger of driving while fatigued; - encourage

fatigued drivers to take a break. A questionnaire was constructed on the

basis of three discussions with focus groups; one with young drivers, one

with professional drivers and one with commuters, and sent out to a random

sample of 3,000 car owners in Sweden. The questionnaires were distributed

during the winter 2002/2003. The response rate was approximately 62 percent.

The results indicated that the drivers were aware of the sensation of

fatigue. Furthermore, the results indicated that drivers underestimated the

risk of driving fatigue and overestimated their own ability to manage the

situation. The use of countermeasures differed between the driver groups.

Young drivers seem to have a lack of knowledge concerning lasting

countermeasures. They turned on the radio or increased the volume of the

radio or asked passengers to talk with them. Older drivers seem to be more in

favour of taking a break for a nap. Among the respondents, 55 drivers

reported that they had been involved in at least one fatigue related accident

during the last ten years. The difference between drivers who had been

involved in a fatigue related accident and those who had not, indicated e.g.

that those involved in accidents rated their capability of fighting fatigue

while driving lower than the others.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut., VTI rapport 498 , 2004.
VTI rapport, ISSN 0347-6030
Keyword [en]
Swedish, Sweden, Fatigue, Prevention, Driver, Behaviour, Method, Questionnaire
Research subject
Road: Traffic safety and accidents, Road: Road user behaviour
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-6365OAI: diva2:675242
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2016-02-25

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