Publications

Many of the centre’s publications can be accessed online, covering a wide range of topics.

These include evidence-based road safety observations relating to: drug and alcohol use, collision avoidance, cycling, injury biomechanics, young drivers, traffic engineering, fleet safety, and occupant protection.

Latest publications and reports

Prioritising harm elimination: The effect of benefit-cost metrics and planning timeframes on perceived benefits

Benefit-cost analysis is extensively used to justify and prioritise road infrastructure investment but its reliance, when applied to road safety initiatives, can be counter-productive. Due to their substantial costs, primary Safe System-aligned treatments that virtually eliminate harm often come wit...

National View on Regional and Remote Road Safety

Road crash fatality rates continue to be unacceptably higher in regional and remote areas than major cities. This report provides a comprehensive investigation of the causes of road crashes in regional and remote Australia and gives strategic guidance to identify the best approaches to eliminate har...

Guide to Road Safety Part 5: Road Safety for Regional and Remote Areas

Road trauma in regional and remote areas of Australia and New Zealand are a major road safety problem. Drivers and riders in regional and remote areas are at an unacceptably greater risk of road deaths and injuries than those living in major cities. This updated version of the Austroads Guide to Ro...

Real car versus driving simulator comparison of head dynamics in emergency braking events

Whiplash remains a huge health and socio- economic issue. Additionally, with the increasing automation of our vehicles, a new categorization of car-crashes injuries may arise, as reported in [Sub17]. Thus, the number of whiplash in car crashes is likely to get bigger. Many studies have been investig...

Regional and remote road safety - A national view

Road crash fatality rates continue to be unacceptably higher in regional/remote areas than major cities. This study investigates the causes of road crashes in regional/remote areas and provides strategic guidance to identify the most effective approaches to eliminate harm on the road network in thes...

Motorcycle Crashes Resulting in Hospital Admissions in South Australia - Crash Characteristics and Injury Patterns

This study examined records from the Royal Adelaide Hospital for 763 motorcyclists (admitted January 2008-November 2010 and April 2014-December 2016). Records were linked with police-reported crash data and blood test results. Compared with 1617 car drivers admitted over the same periods, motorcycli...

Evaluating behaviour change communication campaigns in health and safety: A literature review

This literature review examined selected international research, published from 2010 to the present, to investigate how six fields other than road safety (i.e. healthy eating/physical activity, smoking, alcohol and drug use, workplace health and safety, suicide and juvenile offending) evaluated thei...

The relationship between self-reported and actual driving-related behaviours: A literature review

Self-report approaches include questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and driver diaries. They are relatively inexpensive, provide detailed information and can reach large numbers of people. However, it is unclear to what extent they validly measure actual behaviours. Twenty studies are discussed ...

Speeding in crashes in the United States of America. A pilot study using event data recorder information from NASS-CDS

The prevalence of speeding in crashes is only currently reported for fatal crashes in the United States of America (USA) using police reports, and the prevalence reported (27%) is well below that found in a national study that measured travel speeds (65%). The aim of this study was to explore how ev...

Trends in pedestrian protection for vehicles rated by Australasian NCAP

Analysis of scores in pedestrian protection tests conducted by ANCAP between 2001 and 2017 indicates that the average score has improved from 7.5 to 25. This has been achieved by steady improvement in the design of relevant vehicle components. Many of these improvements are unlikely to have signific...

more...