A new NRMA survey suggests many motorists look upon their own driving habits through rose-coloured glasses.
Surveying 540 motorists in New South Wales, NRMA found that while many are happy to describe frustrating behaviour in other drivers, 46 percent claim they do not have the same flawed practices.
“Obviously people are very aware of things that frustrate them on the road, but they might be a bit quick to judge others,” NRMA's Rob Cory said.
“We all need to take a little extra care on the road and be more courteous to other drivers — regardless of whether we think we are great drivers.”
Among the most frustrating habits listed were tailgating, being cut off, merging incorrectly and other drivers using mobile phones.
Men and women were evenly divided on the topic of their own driving causing frustration in others, but there was a more obvious contrast among different age groups.
“We did see a difference between the ages, with more than 65 percent of drivers in their early 40s saying their driving would never frustrate other drivers," Mr Cory said.
“NSW drivers in their late 20s were found to be the most realistic — more than 65 percent said they are guilty of doing things while driving that other drivers would find annoying."
Although a lot of people believe they’re model drivers, 22 percent admitted to tailgating, and 25 percent said they merge incorrectly.
“People also said they found it frustrating when they’re in a hurry and people drive slowly in front of them. While we all know driving can be frustrating at times, we need to remember to stay calm and respect others on the road,” Mr Cory said.
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