The Road Ahead : October 2014
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 70 THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2014 72 'WILD' TIME FOR WINNER 76 MOBILE CENTRE SUPER-SIZED74 TEST DRIVE TRICKERY Pushing the limits RACQ'S LATEST ANNUAL ROAD SAFETY REPORT REVEALS THAT QUEENSLAND MOTORISTS ARE TAKING UNNECESSARY RISKS. STORY BELINDA PETERS member ESSENTIALS RACQ'S ANNUAL ROAD Safety Survey 2014 uncovered many areas where pushing the limits could be leading to unsafe choices behind the wheel. One of the most surprising revelations was the lack of awareness among female drivers about how much alcohol they could consume safely, with many having more than the accepted guideline of one standard drink in the first hour. According to RACQ's Senior Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker, 50 percent of the female RACQ members surveyed believed they could consume more than one standard drink in the first hour and stay under the 0.05 limit. "Almost all the female respondents who answered in this way said they could consume two standard drinks in the first hour," Mr Tucker said. "This means that up to half of RACQ's female members may be unintentionally running the risk of driving while over the legal limit. "It indicates that extra education around the guidelines and the size of standard drinks may be needed. Drivers need to remember that if you want to drink, it is best to leave the car at home." Mr Tucker said that this year's survey showed a general trend towards more risk-taking by motorists, seemingly caused by trying to fit more into their day, or inattention as a result of multi-tasking behind the wheel. "In the survey we look at behaviours across the Fatal Five of driver distraction, drink driving, seatbelt use, speeding and fatigue, and there seems to be a general pattern of drivers pushing it on our roads," Mr Tucker said. "Whether that's by a general lack of compliance to the speed limit, not stopping to have a rest when tired, or by trying to answer phone calls or texts while driving -- our advice would be to simply enjoy the journey and arrive safely, rather than hurrying to get to your destination and multi-tasking on the way." WHAT DRIVES MOTORISTS CRAZY IN 2014? The Annual Road Safety Report also includes the What drives you crazy? survey. The most frustrating behaviours in 2014 remain largely unchanged from last year, with tailgating again being named the biggest on-road bugbear. The top 10 are: 1. Following too closely/ tailgating. 2. Throwing litter from vehicles. 3. Talking/texting on hand-held mobile phones. 4. Increasing speed when being overtaken. 5. Not being courteous, e.g. allowing room to merge or change lanes. 6. Incorrect use of indicators. 7. Aggressive behaviour such as blasting the horn, verbal abuse and hand signals. 8. Turning from the wrong lane, e.g. at multi-lane roundabouts. 9. Ignoring restricted speed limits at school zones or roadworks. 10. Parking incorrectly, such as double parking or using disability parking spaces.