Young drivers who continue to drive while sleepy: What are the associated sleep‐ and driving‐related factors?

Watling, Christopher N. ORCID: (2019) Young drivers who continue to drive while sleepy: What are the associated sleep‐ and driving‐related factors? Journal of Sleep Research, 29 (3):e12900. pp. 1-7. ISSN 0962-1105

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Crashes due to sleepiness account for a substantial proportion of road crash incidents. The purpose of the current study was to examine several sleep-related factors and driving-related factors for their association with self-reports of continuing to drive while sleepy. In total 257 young drivers aged 18-25 years completed an online survey that assessed factors such as sleep quality, sleep duration and consistency, excessive daytime sleepiness, experiences with sleepiness and their driving-related behaviours. The results demonstrate that being older, having a perceived ability to overcome sleepiness, committing more highway code violations and having experienced a sleep-related close call were positively associated with an increased likelihood of continuing to drive while sleepy. The obtained results highlight the acceptance of performing risky driving behaviours among some younger drivers. Younger drivers’ risky driving behaviour is certainly a road safety concern given the impairment associated with sleepiness and their over-representation in road crash incidents.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 02:54
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2022 03:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: driving-related factors; overcome sleepiness; sleep-related close calls; sleep-related factors; sleepiness; young drivers
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420604 Injury prevention
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5202 Biological psychology > 520206 Psychophysiology
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520404 Memory and attention
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200408 Injury prevention and control
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
27 TRANSPORT > 2703 Ground transport > 270311 Road safety
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