Courtesy never gets in the way on Central Queensland roads
WE honk, we swear and we don't care.
A survey by Suncorp Insurance asked Central Queensland drivers about courtesy on the road and the findings indicate we're getting ruder to each other.
Suncorp spokesperson Melissa Cronin said that 71% of participants thought there was less courtesy on our roads now compared with five years ago.
"Of all drivers in Queensland who think courtesy is on the decline, almost one third believe we're becoming ruder in our day-to-day lives, which has transferred into the way we behave or misbehave on our roads," Mrs Cronin said.
"A further 28% think that we are too selfish and self-involved to worry about something like motor courtesy."
The research also identified Central region drivers were least courteous in peak hour (73%), bad weather (38%), on Friday afternoons (29%), on special holidays such as Christmas (27%) and around accidents (26%).
This feedback was concerning for Suncorp which drew a direct link between road courtesy and road safety.
"Lack of courtesy results in bad decisions, dangerous manoeuvres, and sometimes to road rage attacks," Mrs Cronin said.
"Road courtesy can be as simple as giving a thank you after someone lets you in.
"It can mean letting someone merge in front of you in traffic, or keeping to the left if you're driving a little slower than the limit.
"These simple things not only make a difference to how we feel when we arrive at our destination, but can also help in ensuring we arrive safely."