Australia’s worst drivers revealed - Are you one of them?
Sports cars and SUV drivers are the worst drivers on our roads, while drivers of sedans and small cars are the most polite according to a recent survey by TomTom Telematics.
The survey questioned 1,000 Aussies with a valid driver’s license to identify not only the worst drivers on our roads, but daily frustrations experienced while driving.
Forgetting to indicate topped the list of driver gripes (78%) followed by those who text and drive (77%) and drivers who veer in and out of lanes (65%). Jumping the queue when waiting to merge and not turning lights on in dark conditions were also named as annoying driver traits.
In addition to annoying fellow drivers, these offences can also see you copping large fines, losing demerit points and in the unlucky instance of causing an accident, could invalidate your car insurance. For instance, driving while using your mobile phone in NSW has a $439 fine plus a loss of 4 demerit points.
Practising good driving behaviour is a given when it comes to staying safe on our roads, but unfortunately, accidents do happen. Here’s a quick refresher on what to do if you have an accident:
- Make sure everyone is okay - If medical assistance is required, call 000 immediately.
- Exchange details - You’ll need to swap details of the person you’ve been in the accident with. Take down their license details, mobile and registration number, car insurance company name, their number plate and model of car they own.
- Take photos - Quickly snap some photos of their car and the damage caused along with your own. This will help determine how the accident happened and who was at fault.
- Call your insurer as soon as practical - Don’t avoid calling your insurer because you’re too overwhelmed, insurance companies are trained to deal with customers experiencing a high level of stress. They will walk you through the claims process and should your car be too damaged to drive, call a tow truck for you or help you with alternative transport.