There are many things that can be annoying on the road.
Whether it’s getting stuck in traffic when you have to be somewhere fast or getting cut off by a reckless driver, there are plenty of things that can make a trip in your car something to forget.
But to help Australians take stock of what annoys them on the road, the insurer ING recently released a report on the things that irritate down under drivers the most.
Too close for comfort
The number one driving behaviour that annoys motorists on Australian roads is tailgating – a driver coming too close to your rear bumper.
It’s safer and more courteous to leave at least two car lengths between your bonnet and the car in front. But it seems too many Aussie drivers are ignoring this rule and causing aggravation.
And it can be dangerous – tailgating is one of the leading causes of accidents on the road in Australia because it reduces stopping distances, especially in heavy traffic.
Take a deep breath
Second place for annoying driving habits was taken by switching lanes without indicating, followed by keeping high beams on and bad parking.
An interesting aspect of ING’s report is that 97 per cent of those surveyed said they were safe drivers, but 89 per cent said other drivers had annoyed them on the road.
Then, taking this further, ING’s report said one in five revealed they had been involved in a road accident due to frustration with another driver.
When an accident isn’t your fault
With this in mind, ING’s report is a reminder that human emotions can play a big role in any road accident.
It’s a good reminder that it pays to drive with courtesy and care at all times and to be on the lookout for bad drivers.
If you do end up in an accident with another driver and the incident isn’t your fault, it also pays to know that you can get access to a like-for-like accident replacement car to use while your own vehicle is being repaired.
The cost of this accident replacement vehicle is covered by the other driver’s insurance and will help you get back to normal after the incident.