A survey conducted for GIO has found that eight out of ten NSW motorists have experienced discourteous driving, even though 85 percent of those surveyed believed it was “very important” while driving.
The “State of Courtesy” survey asked 1621 drivers aged 18 years and over if they had experienced discourteous driving in the last 12 months, concentrating on 13 bad-mannered behaviours.
Discourteous behaviours ranged from driving slowly in the fast lane and not providing a friendly wave for letting others merge to “playing loud music with the windows down” and unnecessary use of high-beam lamps.
Naturally, it was suburban Sydney that ranked poorly - thanks largely to heavy traffic - while country NSW drivers were more courteous.
Sydney’s north took the gong for the least courteous driving in NSW, with five out of the 13 impolite behaviours most likely to be experienced there.
Frequently changing lanes, not letting others merge, swearing or rude gestures, using the horn in anger and using carpool or emergency lanes illegally to avoid congestion all featured heavily in Sydney’s north.
Surprisingly, Sydney City and the Inner West bucked the trend with none of the 13 behaviours ranking highly, making it the most courteous part of the state.
GIO spokesperson Stephen Bell said that the survey also found that incidences of discourteous driving were increasing.
“There is a serious lack of courtesy across the state,” Mr Bell said.
“And it’s getting worse, with more than two-thirds of NSW motorists believing there is less courtesy on the roads compared to five years ago.”
Outside of Sydney, Northern NSW ranked the worst with tailgating being the major issue while the best rural area was the West, where failure to indicate was the biggest problem.
The survey also found that bad weather, delays caused by collisions, peak hour and Friday afternoons were the times a driver was most likely to experience rude behaviour.