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Road rage affects 77 per cent of Brisbane drivers

More than three quarters of Brisbane drivers have been sworn at or had rude gestures directed at them on city roads in the last 12 months, a study shows.

A survey carried out by Newspoll has found bad behaviour on the roads is regular and tension is high.

The Suncorp Insurance-commissioned poll also showed two thirds of the 1205 participants believe there is less courtesy on the roads compared with five years ago.

Brisbane's results largely mirrored state-wide trends.

The most common gripes experienced in the last year by drivers in Brisbane included: not indicating when turning or changing lanes (92 per cent); drivers going slowly in the right-hand lane (91 per cent); and tailgating (88 per cent).

Eighty-two per cent of Brisbane residents said they had been annoyed by loud music coming from other cars, while 77 per cent had been the victims of swearing or angry gestures.

More than half the people surveyed had witnessed motorists using bus, carpool and emergency lanes to beat the traffic.

“Unfortunately it's clear that driver courtesy is flying out the car window and as a result drivers are becoming stressed, angry and dangerous behind the wheel,” Suncorp spokeswoman Melissa Cronin said.

John Fraser, the principal consultant at John Fraser Fleet and Driver Consultancy, said more cars on older, inadequate roads in inner Brisbane could be to blame for the rise in discourteous driving.

“As you put more people into a given area, and part of that area is outdated, the more difficulties and frustrations you're going to create,” he said.

“I don't think the human nature thing has changed very much in terms of people getting angry...We don't like getting our path obstructed and getting held up, and people do take shortcuts and do things like driving up one-way streets the wrong way.”

Mr Fraser also said the number of private citizens taking on defensive driver courses had decreased due to a sharp rise in prices.

39 comments so far

  • Brisbane drivers are terrible. I am sick of getting the finger from people for overtaking them when they insist on sitting in the right hand lane.

    Also people, that big stalk thats next to the steering wheel? Use it! I am sick of idiots not indicating, there is simply no excuse.

    Date and time
    February 24, 2014, 1:07AM
    • my trusty dash cam is excellent at capturing bikies, trady ute drivers, courier van drivers and other scum on the road acting appallingly.

      Date and time
      February 24, 2014, 1:15AM
      • Well Mr Transfield, my partner and I experienced the "white tradie ute" attack yesterday. While walking across Milton Road from Baroona Rd shopping Centre to the Park Road rail underpass on a green "walk" sign, a "tradie" ran out of patience (he had been waiting 10 seconds or so) for us to clear the crossing, revved up his white "tradie truck" roared out onto the crossing and deliberately "just missed" side swiping us as he roared through the red arrow and we ran for our lives to the footpath. Upon looking back after reaching safety, his turn arrow was still red. I understand economic times are tough for all these one-man-band "tradies" and that most are working for less than the minimum wage but 10 seconds surely won't break the bank on a Sunday after noon. Then again, perhaps it might. Welcome to road rage town.

        Date and time
        February 24, 2014, 8:39AM
      • I must say my observation confirms the tradies to be the worst. They drive as if tohey believe that their right to earn a living is superior to the rights of other road users to have safe transit on the public highway. Instead of prating about small businessmen the LNP should tell the small businessmen and tradies to match the standards of behaviour they preach to others..

        Manly West
        Date and time
        February 24, 2014, 10:19AM
    • A nice change in reading - compared to the routine gripes about 'rogue cyclists'. I hear Australia is on track for yet another record breaking year of private car sales? That should improve that congestion issue?

      Not stuck
      Date and time
      February 24, 2014, 5:52AM
      • Could be because 80% of Brisbane divers can not merge onto a freeway, use a round-a-bout, drive past a flashing light or breakdown without slowing to 20km's or turn right on a green light without an arrow - some driver education may reduce the road rage figures.

        Lean to merge
        Gold Coast
        Date and time
        February 24, 2014, 6:44AM
        • You gold coast people need to learn how to stop for red lights!

          Talk about chronic red light running.

          Date and time
          February 24, 2014, 8:27AM
        • Len red lights are optional on the GC. Have been for years :)

          Date and time
          February 24, 2014, 11:58AM
      • Which logically must mean that a very high proportion of those complaining about road rage must also be the perpetrators of it?

        Date and time
        February 24, 2014, 6:51AM
        • I believe its because most think the Road Rules are for everyone else and not for them, and that Courtesy are the new road rules, where in fact Courtesy goes against all the legal Road Rules. Worst of all, there are no police out and about to enforce the Road Rules. They are to busy sitting in speed camera vans waiting for speeders.

          Follow the Road Rules or get off the road! as you obviously don't deserve a license.

          Date and time
          February 24, 2014, 7:22AM

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