The Road Ahead : December 2011
MAKES YOUR DAY 67 DEC 2011/JAN 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD ANNUAL ROAD SAFETY SURVEY MEMBER ESSENTIALS THE ON-ROAD BEHAVIOUR of Queensland drivers has worsened over the past five years, with many blaming the technical gadgetry fitted in vehicles. This is just one of many revelations to come from the Annual Road Safety Survey for 2011. The survey provided an insight into current and emerging motoring issues in Queensland. The report, covering issues such as dangerous driving behaviours, driver distractions, speeding and driver fatigue, revealed some startling statistics. For example, despite more than 98 percent of those surveyed believing tired drivers are dangerous, almost 50 percent admitted they would continue to drive for at least another hour despite having difficulty staying awake. Respondents reported speeding frequently as well, with more than 72 percent of members surveyed indicating they have exceeded the speed limit. On average, respondents exceeded the limit six times per month. What frustrates Queensland motorists most, however, is tailgating. RACQ's External Relations executive general manager Paul Turner said tailgating had returned to the top of the list of motorists' key frustrations for the first time since the Club's 2006 survey. "It is clear that following too closely -- 'tailgating' -- is an ongoing concern for Queensland road users," Mr Turner said. "Motorists who tailgate are endangering themselves and other road users as they are increasing the likelihood of a crash if they need to stop suddenly. "RACQ recommends a minimum following distance of at least two seconds from the vehicle in front, and at least four seconds on wet roads and in adverse weather conditions. "Motorists who tailgate, speed, use hand-held mobile phones while driving, or demonstrate some of the other frustrating behaviours need to be reminded that they may end up with more than just a fine -- they may end up in a crash. Every motorist has a responsibility to drive safely and legally and respect others on the road. Taking care and paying attention at all times while driving could save your life." drivers behaving badly STORY DEB ECCLESTON Queensland motorists have come under the spotlight in RACQ's new Annual Road Safety Survey. WHAT DRIVES YOU CRAZY? According to the RACQ What Drives You Crazy? segment of the survey, motorists' top 10 complaints were: 1. Tailgating 2. Drivers who speed up when being overtaken 3. Littering from vehicles 4. Hand-held mobile phone use (topped the poll when it was last conducted in 2009) 5. Incorrect use of indicators 6. Aggressive behaviour (e.g. hand gestures, beeping horn, abuse) 7. Lack of courtesy (e.g. when merging or changing lanes) 8. Failure to move over to allow others to overtake 9. Blocking of intersections 10. Turning from the wrong lane.
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