Peter Anderson | Oct 8, 2012

An RACQ survey set out to find the most annoying habits of road users - and there aren't many surprises.

Top of the list, with 97 percent of respondents saying that drivers who speed up when being overtaken were the most frustrating people on the road. Last year this annoyance was at number two.

Tailgating, last year's biggest frustration, was bumped to number two for 2012.

"Last year, it was the worst driver behaviour. That it’s still in the top two shows that it’s a still a serious and dangerous issue that needs to be addressed," said the RACQ's GM of Advocay, Paul Turner.

Third on the list was the same as 2011, people throwing rubbish from their cars.

This follows a report from Keep Australia Beautiful rating Queensland's roads as the worst for litter.

“For the second year in a row, motorists throwing litter from cars has ranked as the third most frustrating behaviour for RACQ members, compared to 15th in 2009 and 16th in 2006,” Mr Turner said.

Incorrect use of indicators, turning from the wrong lane, using hand-held phones, speeding in special restricted zones, and uncooperative and aggressive drivers rounded out the list.

“All motorists have a responsibility to drive safely, within the road rules, and to respect others on the road. By doing the right thing and paying attention you’re going to minimise risk and that could ultimately save your life and the lives of others,” Mr Turner concluded.

The RACQ Top Ten

1. Motorists who increase their speed when you try to overtake them (2nd in 2011, 7th in 2009)
2. Drivers who follow too closely/tailgate behind my car (1st in 2011, 5th in 2009)
3. Motorists who throw litter out of car windows (3rd in 2011, 15th in 2009)
4. Motorists who incorrectly use indicators – e.g., fail to indicate or indicate too late (5th in 2011, 4th in 2009)
5. Motorists who turn from the wrong lane – e.g., at multi-lane roundabouts (10th in 2011, 2nd in 2009)
6. Motorists sending text messages/talking on hand-held mobile phones (4th in 2011, 1st in 2009)
7. Motorists who aren’t courteous – e.g., not allowing room to merge (7th in 2011, 13th in 2009)
8. Motorists who do not move over to allow others to overtake (8th in 2011, 10th in 2009)
9. Motorists who ignore restricted speed limits – e.g., around school zones, construction sites (11th in 2011, 8th in 2009)
10. Motorists who display aggressive behaviour – e.g., blowing horn, verbal abuse, hand gestures (6th in 2011, 22nd in 2009)


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