QUEENSLAND motorists want other drivers to back off, after naming tailgating the most frustrating driver behaviour in RACQ's annual What Drives You Crazy? survey.

The RACQ survey asked members to rate the most annoying driver habits, with tailgating, incorrect use of indicators, aggressive behaviour and incorrect parking all featuring in the top 10.

RACQ's Senior Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said driving too close to other cars topped the list for the second year in a row and called for more courtesy to be shown on the roads.

"Tailgating is clearly an ongoing frustration for Queensland motorists," Mr Tucker said.

What habits annoy you the most?

This poll ended on 09 August 2014.

Current Results

Drivers who follow too closely/tailgate

19%

Motorists who throw litter out of their vehicles

4%

Motorists talking/sending SMS on hand-held mobiles

12%

Motorists who increase their speed when you try to overtake them

18%

Motorists who aren’t courteous e.g. allowing room to merge/change lanes

8%

Motorists not moving when they have right of way

2%

Motorists not giving way

2%

Motorists who incorrectly use indicators e.g. indicate too late or fail to indicate at all

9%

Motorists who display aggressive behaviour e.g. blowing horn, verbal abuse or hand signals

5%

Motorists turning from the wrong lane e.g. At multi-lane roundabouts

1%

Motorists ignoring restricted speed limits e.g. At school zones or road works

2%

Motorists parking incorrectly e.g. Double-parking or using disability car parks

3%

Motorists speeding

4%

Motorists overtaking illegally

5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Drivers who follow cars too closely are putting themselves and others in danger, as they increase the likelihood of a crash if they need to stop suddenly.

"As motorists, we need to remember we are sharing the road."

Other annoying behaviours highlighted in the survey included littering, texting and talking on hand-held mobile phones, and ignoring speed limits.

Mr Tucker said the results highlighted the need for more enforcement of general road rules by police.

"An increased on-road police presence targeting offences such as tailgating, handheld mobile phone use, failing to use indicators, speeding and illegal turns would be welcomed by motorists," he said.

"However, the onus ultimately is on the individual, and motorists have a responsibility to follow the rules, and more importantly adopt a courteous approach that respects other drivers."

In light of the results, RACQ has launched an online campaign to raise awareness of bad driver behaviour.

A list of the RACQ's findings into the most annoying driver behaviours.
A list of the RACQ's findings into the most annoying driver behaviours.


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