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NRMA Research Shows Queensland Drivers Find Morning Commute A Yawn


(PRWEB) July 25, 2010

More than 50 per cent of Queensland drivers are hitting the road each day with fewer than seven hours sleep under their belt and more than 40 per cent admit to being tired at the wheel most mornings, new NRMA Car Insurance research has found.

A survey of 500 Queensland drivers found nearly two thirds were staying up later than 10pm most nights. More than 55 per cent said they were glued to television shows or DVDs late at night while others reported they were:


surfing the net (25 per cent)
on social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter (10 per cent)
catching up on housework or chores (9 per cent)
talking on the phone or texting (1 per cent).

NRMA Car Insurance spokesperson Sue Hawkins said driving while sleep deprived increased stress levels and the risk of losing focus at the wheel or having a microsleep, where the driver actually nodded off.

Too many of us are driving while tired each day which means were increasing our chances of having a collision, she said.

A lot of us lead busy lives so it makes sense were trying to make the most of our waking hours, but we need to make sure we get enough sleep each night so were alert on the road the next morning.

We also need to be aware that lack of sleep can build up over a number of days, making it harder to concentrate on the road. We should all be making sure were well rested before we get behind the wheel.

NRMA Insurance offers the following tips to drivers:

avoid driving while tired – take public transport or a taxi or get a lift with someone who is well rested;
consider car pooling with a colleague so you can share the drive to work;
try and avoid staying up regularly past 10 pm to give yourself the best chance of being well rested each day.

*Based on survey of 2500 Australian households by Pure Profile Research for NRMA Insurance, July 2010

NRMA Insurance QLD is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Queensland.

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NRMA Research Indicates Queensland Drivers Are Morning People


(PRWEB) September 10, 2010

Queensland drivers find hitting the road in the afternoon more stressful than the morning commute, new research by NRMA Car Insurance has revealed.

The insurer found 42 per cent of Queensland drivers voted the afternoon peak as the most stressful time at the wheel, compared to 33 per cent who found themselves most frazzled in the morning.

NRMA Car Insurance Queensland Corporate Affairs Manager Sue Hawkins said the research indicated Brisbane was perhaps more of a morning city than Sydney, where drivers were far more likely to be strung out by the morning rush and more relaxed in the afternoon.

It could be due to our warmer weather or earlier daylight in summer, but Brisbane seems to be a city that likes to get on the go early. Traffic conditions may be less stressful in the morning in Brisbane but it could also be that drivers are in a better frame of mind to cope with the morning peak.

The fact that Queensland drivers are more likely to be stressed in the afternoon could indicate more traffic congestion at that time and less capacity to cope with it. The rush to get home to relax could actually be stressing Queenslanders out!

Queensland drivers reported others on the road as the leading cause of their angst (66 per cent), while women (42 per cent) were more likely to feel frazzled at the wheel than men (35 per cent).

Brisbane was the only capital city and Queensland the only state where drivers were more likely to be most stressed in the afternoon.

Its clear from our research that regardless of the time of day, many of us are either hitting the road stressed or becoming stressed while driving, which could put our focus and safety at risk, Ms Hawkins said.

To avoid stress on the road, NRMA Insurance recommends drivers:


consider adjusting work hours to avoid the busiest times;
car pool with others to avoid driving five days a week;
catch public transport if available;
take a deep breath if caught in traffic or flustered by other drivers getting frustrated wont help your stress levels or safety.

Based on a survey of 500 Queensland drivers by Pure Profile Research for NRMA Insurance in July 2010.

NRMA Insurance QLD is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Queensland.

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