The Road Ahead : December 2012
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 65 DEC 2012/JAN 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD ROAD SAFETY MOTORING QUEENSLAND DRIVERS SHOULD review their driving habits, in light of RACQ's latest survey findings. RACQ Executive General Manager Advocacy, Paul Turner, said the results of the What Drives You Crazy? survey highlighted a lack of driver courtesy. "Almost 97 percent of those RACQ members surveyed said drivers increasing their speed when being overtaken is the most frustrating road user behaviour, compared with last year when it ranked second," Mr Turner said. "Tailgating, or following too closely, is the second most annoying driver behaviour in this year's survey. Last year, it was the worst driver behaviour. That it's still in the top two shows that it's still a serious and dangerous issue that needs to be addressed. "For the second year in a row, motorists throwing litter from cars has ranked as the third most frustrating behaviour for RACQ members, compared with 15th in 2009 and 16th in 2006." The survey also ranked incorrect use of indicators, turning from the TOP 10 GRIEVANCES: • Increasing speed when another driver attempts to overtake. • Tailgating. • Littering. • Wrong use of indicators. • Turning from wrong lane. • Illegal use of mobile phones. • Lack of courtesy. • Blocking overtaking. • Ignoring speed limits. • Aggression. IMAGE: LITTERING FROM A MOVING VEHICLE REMAINS ONE OF MOTORISTS’ MAIN GRIEVANCES. courtesy missing on our roads wrong lane, texting/talking on hand held mobile phones and aggressive drivers in the top 10 worst road user behaviours. "More than 80 percent of RACQ members agree that all of these behaviours, when committed by other drivers, continue to be frustrating," Mr Turner said. "Despite the RACQ highlighting these behaviours through the media and through its various road safety programs, an increased on-road police presence to enforce the road rules would also help combat issues such as tailgating, speeding up when overtaking, indicator use and littering." Mr Turner said it was important all motorists took a good look at the way they drive before being critical of others. "Motorists need to remember that not only are these behaviours frustrating and in most cases illegal, they can also be dangerous for themselves and other road users," he said. "If you want to lift the standard of driving overall you first have to lift your own standard. You can't always blame other motorists for bad driving habits. "All motorists have a responsibility to drive safely, within the road rules, and to respect others on the road. By doing the right thing and paying attention you're going to minimise risk and that could ultimately save your life and the lives of others."