Videos of drowsy drivers on YouTube give useful insights into how people perceive sleepy driving as a common yet controllable behavior, suggested a new study.
Author Ashleigh Filtness from Australia's Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Center for Accident Research and Road Safety said, "In-vehicle footage relating to driver fatigue is present on YouTube and is actively engaged with by viewers. My study found a mix of both criticism and sympathy for fatigued drivers and a willingness to share advice on staying awake, which highlights the perception that people view sleepy driving as a common yet controllable behavior."
The researchers analyzed 442 uploaded YouTube videos relating to fatigue between 2009 and 2014. They found in most cases driver fatigue was portrayed as dangerous. A total of 107 of these videos were in-vehicle filming.
The study findings were presented at the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference held from October 14 to 16, 2015, at the Australasian College of Road Safety and Austroads, Gold Coast.