Can you participate in a driving habits study?

Car drivers are needed for Australia’s Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS), being led by the University of New South Wales in collaboration with several other leading universities. This study is part-funded by the NRMA.

OPEN ROAD: Annually around 1,300 people die and 33,000 are seriously injured on Australian roads. Using a new research method, the Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS), this study aims to provide Australia with answers to some significant road safety questions.

OPEN ROAD: Annually around 1,300 people die and 33,000 are seriously injured on Australian roads. Using a new research method, the Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS), this study aims to provide Australia with answers to some significant road safety questions.

The study aims to improve road safety in Australia by better understanding how people drive in normal and safety-critical situations.

For the study, 360 participant drivers will have their own vehicles equipped for four months with a compact data collection system that records their driving behaviour, the behaviour of their vehicle and their interactions with other road users. The equipment is designed so as not to damage the vehicle or interfere with normal operations of the vehicle.

All vehicles will be equipped with the data collection system at a designated installation site by qualified technicians in Sydney or Melbourne. During the installation process, participants will be invited to complete a series of questionnaires, two physical tests (grip strength and rapid walking) and some non-invasive vision tests.

After that, participants will drive their vehicle as they normally would and, after four months, complete an exit questionnaire and have the data collection equipment removed by a qualified technician.

Participants, who participate satisfactorily, will receive a $250 GiftPay Shopping vouchers, ($125 given at start of installation and $125 upon deinstallation of the equipment).

To be eligible for this study, participants need to:

  • ​be between 20 and 70 years of age;
  • hold a valid NSW or Victorian driver’s licence (full licence only);
  • be the registered owner or have permission from the registered owner of the vehicle you intend to drive;
  • reside in Sydney, regional NSW, Melbourne, or regional Victoria;
  • own a registered passenger vehicle (sedan, coupe, hatchback, station wagon, or sports utility vehicle/four-wheel drive) or have owner permission to use a registered passenger vehicle; and
  • drive at least 10 trips a week.

Interested? register for the study.

If you have any further questions, please visit www.a​nds.unsw.edu.au or contact ANDS@unsw.edu.au​. Thanks.

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14 thoughts on “Can you participate in a driving habits study?

  1. I would love to participate in this study to see how I can improve my driving skills. I have a full drivers licence and drive well over 10 trips a week, travelling on M5 and many main roads.

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