When half a second matters: mindfulness drives road safety

Sjaanie Koppel, Richard Chambers, Craig Hassed

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Have you ever completed your journey and can’t remember the drive? And here’s another question: when does half a second matter? Your answers to these questions might indicate how ‘mindful’ you are when driving, and how much additional risk you, or your employer or fellow road users, face when you get behind the wheel.

This Thought Leadership explores how our level of mindfulness has a significant impact on the way we drive. Mindfulness helps us to be present and focused, decreasing risk of distractions and mind-wandering, which is important when we are on the road. It can also improve behavioural regulation, emotional reactivity, memory and empathy.

On a wider scale, evaluations have shown workplace mindfulness training can provide as much as a 200 per cent return on investment, particularly in worker wellbeing, mental health and productivity.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNational Road Safety Partnership Program
Number of pages3
Place of PublicationMelbourne Vic Australia
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2020

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