Driver reacts to "tailgating"

Queensland drivers hate this more than anything else

RACQ research shows tailgating is still the number one cause of angst among Queensland motorists.

The annual, What Drives You Crazy? survey asked RACQ members to rate the most annoying driver habits.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said tailgating had returned to the top of the list this year, followed by mobile phone use and increasing speed while being overtaken.

"We're taught to leave several seconds between vehicles not just out of courtesy but because travelling too close increases the risk of crashing if the car in front stops suddenly."

Motorists also nominated littering, failure to indicate and aggression as other major problems on the road.

Ms Ritchie said the results highlighted the need for more enforcement of general road rules by police.


What drives us crazy?

1. Drivers who follow too closely/tailgate (2nd in 2015)

2. Motorists talking/sending SMS on hand-held mobiles (1st in 2015)

3. Motorists who increase their speed when you try to overtake them (3rd in 2015)

4. Motorists who throw litter out of their vehicles (4th in 2015)

5. Motorists who incorrectly use indicators e.g. indicate too late or fail to indicate at all (5th in 2015)

6. Motorists displaying aggressive behaviour, e.g. blowing horn, verbal abuse or hand signals (11th in 2015)

7. Motorists who aren't courteous e.g. allowing room to merge/change lanes (6th in 2015)

8. Cyclists who disobey road rules, e.g. running red lights, failing to use helmets (13th in 2015)

9. Motorists turning from the wrong lane e.g. At multi-lane roundabouts (8th in 2015)

10. Motorists who block intersections (12th in 2015)

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