Suncorp Insurance Research Finds Driver Discourtesy Rife in Queensland

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Research released today by Suncorp Insurance shows that while Queenslanders might live in the ‘Sunshine State’, that sunny disposition has not transferred onto our roads – with more than eight out of 10 Queenslanders personally experiencing discourteous behaviour on our roads.

Suncorp Insurance’s State of Courtesy research highlights the importance and lack of common courtesy on our roads – with Sunshine Coast and Regional Queensland drivers most likely to cop the brunt of bad behaviour.

Suncorp Insurance spokesperson, Melissa Cronin, said, while 99 per cent of Queenslanders admitted that road courtesy is important, not many of us are practicing what we preach.

“Our research has unfortunately uncovered a serious lack of courtesy across the state, and it is getting worse with 69 per cent of us believing there is less courtesy on the roads compared to five years ago,” Mrs Cronin said.

The research measured the frequency of 13 discourteous driver behaviours, such as tailgating, frequently changing lanes and blocking other cars from merging.

“Drivers were surveyed across Queensland, and while some of the results were not surprising, they certainly were disappointing,” Mrs Cronin said.

The top discourteous behaviours Queensland drivers have experienced in the past 12 months include:

 Ranking Behaviour  Experienced By 
 1.  Not indicating when turning off or changing lanes 93 per cent of respondents 
 2.  Tailgating 90 per cent of respondents 
 = 3.  Driving slowly in the right-hand (fast) lane 88 per cent of respondents
 = 3.  Frequently changing lanes 88 per cent of respondents
 4.  Not letting other drivers merge 85 per cent of respondents


Mrs Cronin said Queenslanders needed to acknowledge that a number of these discourteous behaviours were actually illegal, and that by participating in them, Queensland drivers were not only breaking the law, but making the roads unsafe for everyone.

“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,” Mrs Cronin said.

“We must have safer Queensland roads and so we’re encouraging everyone to calm down, and think about their actions behind the wheel – after all, a little courtesy can go a long way.”

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