A recent study completed by the Queensland University of Technology’s Center for Accident and Road Safety Research yielded this groundbreaking discovery: speeders are more concerned with fines than they are with potential crash-related injuries. The study also revealed the shocking news that speeders memorize the locations of speed cameras, and slow down to obey the speed limit when approaching one. Just in case you’re wondering how your own speed compares to Australian drivers, a 100 kph (62 mph) speed limit saw drivers varying in speed from 145 kph (90 mph) to 60 kph (37 mph); in other words, Australians drive just like Florida residents on Interstate 95.
The study also found that Australian drivers lacked an understanding of high speed driving and vehicle dynamics, believing that most high speed crashes are survivable for the driver, if not the passenger, regardless of the type of car they were driving. Dr. Judy Fleiter, who led the study, was quoted by Autoevolution as saying:
“They are calculating, or really miscalculating the risk of speeding. Their biggest fear is getting caught, and many believe that they ‘know’ how to evade detection. But the problem with drivers taking a calculated risk, is that they are calculating the risk of getting caught and not the risk of getting hurt. There seemed to be a lack of understanding that at high speeds, many road crashes are not survivable, no matter who is driving, how skilled that driver may be, and how good the vehicle is they are driving.”
It sounds like the United States may not be the only country that needs to revamp their driver education and licensing systems, and I can’t help but wonder if Australian drivers are really as bad as drivers in the US. Any readers from down under care to comment?