A survey, run by GPS and dashcam maker Navman on 15,561 of its Australian customers, is pretty bleak if you're a regular user of Australian roads. Almost every single respondent was annoyed by other drivers not indicating, driving too slowly or being lost. And statistics say that you're probably not a perfect driver, either. Maybe we should all just take a moment to relax, or maybe we should stay off the roads completely.
Let's be honest, though: the Navman survey confirms everything we already knew — every driver on the road (that isn't you) is doing something wrong.
We all know this — if they're not speeding, they're driving too slowly. If it's not that, they're not indicating, or they don't know where they're going. The fact that other drivers are there at all pisses people off.
Here's the completely unsurprising results of Navman's survey:
- 98 per cent of drivers agreed they found drivers not indicating at all or indicating too late frustrating
- 96 per cent of drivers agreed they found drivers going too slow in the fast lane frustrating
- 93 per cent of drivers agreed they found not knowing the directions of where they are going frustrating
- 88 per cent of drivers agreed they found traffic frustrating
- 84 per cent of driver agreed they found the speeding of other drivers frustrating
- 76 per cent of drivers agreed they found disruptive passengers (i.e. kids being noisy etc) frustrating
- 64 per cent of drivers agreed they found cyclists frustrating
Actually, that last one is a surprise. Only two thirds of drivers find cyclists frustrating? As a sometimes cyclist I'm pretty sure that figure should be above 100 per cent, if that were even possible.