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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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SGIC Shows That Stress Flicks The Driving Switch


(PRWEB) June 08, 2011

With new SGIC research showing that a third of SA drivers take more risks when stressed while at the wheel, the insurer is urging all drivers to stay calm and follow the road rules*.

A survey of 500 SA drivers revealed that the afternoon is when drivers feel the most frazzled and this can lead to ignoring road rules and the speed limit.

SGIC Car Insurance spokesperson Rob Cory said, “We can see from the research that stress clearly causes some of us to have a somewhat split personality while at the wheel so we want to urge all drivers to keep their cool.

“Stress can affect your concentration and losing focus for even one second, puts you at greater risk of having a collision.

“The other behaviours that many of us are guilty of when were tense behind the wheel are tailgating, not merging correctly and cutting other drivers off.

“We understand a lot of us lead busy lifestyles and want to squeeze in as many things as possible so we may be getting stressed rushing to our next destination, however a busy schedule shouldnt compromise safe driving.

“We urge all SA drivers to try and avoid getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the traffic and to focus on the road when theyre at the wheel,” said Mr Cory.

SGIC Car Insurance recommends the following tips for drivers:

Consider adjusting your work hours if you can to avoid driving in peak hour;
Think about car pooling with other drivers to avoid driving five days a week;
Choose public transport if available;
If youre caught in traffic remember to take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy the time getting frustrated wont help your safety or your stress levels.

Based on a survey of 500 SA drivers by Pure Profile Research in May 2011

SGIC is a leading insurance provider offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in South Australia.

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SGIO Shows Young WA Drivers Are Stressed At The Wheel


(PRWEB) September 10, 2010

Young WA drivers are more likely to be stressed at the wheel than older drivers, new research by SGIO Car Insurance has revealed.

The research revealed that young people aged 18 29 were the most likely age group to find driving stressful, with nearly half (47 per cent) of young people admitting to feeling stressed by driving compared to 34 per cent of older people.

The SGIO Car Insurance survey also found that 43 per cent of young people had experienced a near miss or collision as a result of being stressed at the wheel and not concentrating properly.

SGIO spokesperson Rob Cory said that the actions of other drivers, namely not merging correctly, tailgating or avoiding the road rules were the leading causes of driver stress given in the survey.

“Its clear from our research that many of us are either hitting the road stressed or becoming stressed while driving due to whats happening on the road around us, which could put our focus and safety at risk,” he said.

The WA insurer also found that women (39 per cent) were more likely to feel stressed at the wheel than men (30 per cent).

41 per cent of WA drivers voted the afternoon peak as the most stressful time to hit the road, compared to 33 per cent who found themselves more frazzled in the morning.

Mr Cory said that it could be due to WAs earlier daylight in summer, but Perth seemed to be a city that liked to get on the go early.

Traffic conditions may be less stressful in the morning in Perth but it could also be that drivers are in a better frame of mind to cope with the morning peak, he said.

To avoid stress on the road, SGIO recommends drivers:


take a deep breath if caught in traffic or flustered by other drivers getting frustrated wont help your stress levels or your safety;
consider car pooling with others; or catch public transport on certain days to avoid driving five days a week.

Based on a survey of 500 WA drivers by Pure Profile Research for SGIO in July 2010.

SGIO is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Western Australia.

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