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Published on 1 December 2014

What stresses you behind the wheel? That’s what the University of the Sunshine Coast is asking drivers of all ages in a new research study.

USCAR (USC’s Accident Research group) has teamed with Queensland’s peak motoring body RACQ to learn more about the pressures felt by motorists on the roads, and how these affect the way they drive.

USC Research Fellow Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, an award-winning expert in road safety for young drivers, has called for participants for the new project.

“We’re seeking drivers of any age, even whole families, whether they’re really experienced on the roads or completely new to driving, whether they know the Coast roads well or have just moved here from interstate or overseas,” she said.

“The study aims to improve road safety and make driving a better experience for everyone.”

Participants would be required at USC’s Sippy Downs campus for one hour from either 10am or 2pm on either Wednesday 17 December or Sunday 21 December.

“There is no driving involved; rather it is a chance for you to sit with other drivers and chat about your experiences on the road,” Dr Scott-Parker said.

RACQ Senior Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said the research project would help to shape future road safety campaigns.

“A lot has changed about the way we drive and the different distractions and stresses that are placed on the driver,” he said.

“Road safety messages will only be effective if they reflect the current problems faced while driving.”

To book contact Karina Rune at USC on krune@usc.edu.au with your preferred date.

Julie Schomberg

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