Tailgating & bad indicating drives us crazy

You’re not alone in thinking tailgating is infuriating.

Following the car in front too closely has been named as one the most annoying on-road behaviours, as voted by Queenslanders, in RACQ’s annual ‘What drives you crazy’ survey.

Club spokesperson Clare Hunter said the survey found 91.5 percent of Queenslanders had suffered the maddening experience of having another vehicle tailgate them.

“Time and time again tailgating ranks as the number one most annoying habit, and clearly some drivers aren’t getting the message,” Ms Hunter said.

“It’s a major problem because it puts unnecessary pressure on inexperienced drivers and leads to mistakes that cause crashes.

“This year tailgating tied for the number one spot on our list with incorrect indicating or failing to indicate at all.

“Indicating incorrectly has a huge impact on other drivers around you – it’s a dangerous rule to ignore.”

Ms Hunter said respondents also highlighted other irritating habits including mobile phone use and littering.

“Motorists using their mobile phones is one of the biggest growing problems on our roads. Distraction is one of the Fatal Five, and we implore motorists to take this seriously,” she said.

“Drivers who speed up when they’re being overtaken and those who litter also ruffle feathers. More than 90 percent of those surveyed say these habits drive them crazy.”

Ms Hunter reminded drivers to take the time to brush up on the road rules.

“If we all behave a little better on the roads and follow the rules, it’ll not only make the commute less stressful but will mean our roads are a lot safer,” she said.

“Even if you’ve been behind the wheel for years, it’s worth checking you’re getting the basics right.”

Proportion of Queensland drivers frustrated by these driving behaviours:

  • Tailgating – 91.5 percent
  • Incorrect indicating or failure to do so – 91.5 percent
  • Texting or using hand held mobile phones – 91.4 percent
  • Increasing speed when being overtaken – 90.6 percent
  • Littering – 90.1 percent.