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Driver survey uncovers our disturbing habits

By David Bonnici, 20 Jan 2021 Car News

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Anonymous research allowed drivers to be up front about their poor driver behaviour

Need to Know:

  • One in four drivers admit to regularly speeding

  • Less than 40 per cent of drivers rate themselves highly

  • One in four Aussie drivers use dash-cams

A quarter of Australian drivers admit to regularly exceeding the speed limit and just 39 per cent rated themselves as good or very good drivers, according to a survey commissioned by dash-cam manufacturer Nextbase.

The survey of 1014 drivers also found that 17 per cent deliberately drive through amber traffic lights and seven per cent admit to using their phone while driving. 

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Meanwhile, 21 per cent of respondents revealed they had been in an accident during the last three years.

NextBase ambassador, four-time Bathurst 1000 champion and road-safety advocate Greg Murphy (below) said that the survey responses were extremely concerning.

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“It’s alarming that people continue to make these poor decisions whilst driving, despite being acutely aware of the potential consequences,” the Kiwi ace said.

“The implications of their actions can be absolutely catastrophic – it simply isn’t worth it. Behaviours need to change, and they need to change fast.”

Greg Murphy

Murphy’s comments were echoed by Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) Founder and CEO Russell White, who said the survey showed there is much to be done in educating road users on the importance of their choices.

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“Road crashes occur when a series of things line up at the same time to cause a collision – in many cases, these incidents are the result of bad habits," White said.

"We need to make better decisions and improve what we do when we’re on the road – this comes back directly to our road safety culture and attitudes.

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“Practised daily habits create our overall driving pattern. If that pattern is based on bad habits, then it's only a matter of time before that behaviour manifests into a situation where a crash occurs.”

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