Mike Stevens | Aug 10, 2009

FOLLOWING A REPORT in June that men are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel than women, a study commissioned by car insurer 1Cover shows that New South Wales motorists are the worst drivers in Australia.

Covering driving etiquette and behaviour, the study - which included a poll of 1300 Australian motorists, male and female - found that men are more reckless on the road than women, and have more accidents.

According to the poll results, men are more likely than women to speed, ignore zebra crossings, not give way at roundabouts, change lanes without indicating, and use their horn unnecessarily.

"We were not surprised that men admit to being more reckless on the roads," Eddie Feltham, managing director of 1Cover, said in a statement on Sunday.

"In fact, it is an industry-wide standard that car insurance premiums are more expensive for men than they are for women.

West Australian drivers topped the list of well-behaved motorists, with South Australia and Queensland drivers following New South Wales as the nation's worst.

Victorian drivers were found to be the most likely to speed, or to become involved in a road rage incident.

Poor driving etiquette proved to be the number one peeve for Australia motorists, with 85 percent of respondents indicating annoyance at drivers who fail to indicate when changing lanes or turning.

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