Saturday, September 20, 2008

Aussie Car Drivers Review

I came across a very interesting Australian Drivers Review recently and it was done by a very comprehensive Interactive Driving Survey, organised by Private Fleet. It is indeed very interesting to find out the different habits that us Australian drivers have developed over time with technology. This was the press release:

Private Fleet has just completed the most comprehensive survey of its kind ever done in Australia giving a fascinating and sometimes shocking insight into the habits of drivers across the country.

2,500 Australian drivers were surveyed and their responses shed some light on many age old driving questions.

Detailed and comprehensive statistics on controversial topics such as women drivers, Holden vs Ford, city or country, P-Platers and Volvo drivers are all available via our interactive survey.

Being an interactive survey, YOU can choose the information YOU want to see. Always suspected elderly Honda drivers were the slowest on the road? Is it true that South Australian Toyota drivers are more aggressive than NSW country drivers? With something like 10,000 possible combinations to explore, you’ll find the answers to your most detailed suspicions.

The results are often surprising and always revealing – a few extracts follow:

While young (17-25) Toyota drivers are 40% more likely than the average driver to talk on the phone whilst driving, they are about 30% less likely to drink and drive

The best overall statistically reliable segment of drivers are female drives in QLD aged between 41 and 60. The worst drivers are (perhaps unsurprisingly) male P-Platers from NSW

Male drivers are worse drivers in all categories except “Text Messaging Whilst Driving” category which female drivers came out tops.

Summary by Car Type

Overall Holden hold the unenviable title of housing Australia’s worst drivers where as Mazda come out on top as the having the best behaved drivers.

When it comes to talking on the phone (without using a hands-free), VW drivers are the worst offenders with 74% admitting to having committed such an offence whilst only 60% Mazda drivers admit to the same

A surprise when it comes to ‘leadfoots’, with VW taking out the title as 54% admit to exceeding the speed limit by more than 30kmh. The unhurried Hyundai driver reveals just 32% breaking the limit by more than 30km/hr

BMW drivers may be the best behaved when it comes to text messages but they take out the dubious honour of the worst drink drivers with 42% admitting to having driven after drinking 3 or more standard alcoholic drinks. Honda drivers keep it straight with less than 33% admitting the same.

Summary by State

Overall, South Australia is home to the country’s worst drivers whilst Australian Capital Territory drivers are (comparatively) squeaky clean!

With mobile phones, 21% of SA drivers admit to (often or sometimes) talking on the phone whilst driving whilst just 10% of ACT drivers confess to the same. Similarly South Australian send text messages whilst driving at ten times the rate of their ACT counterparts (10% vs 1%).

Speed freaks head for Tasmania where nearly 50% of drivers say that they have exceeded the speed limit by more than 30 km/hr whilst Victorians take their time as only 39% putting their pedal to the metal.

The results for Question 13 was 'interesting'. Somehow I dont believe only 32 people out of 2424 that often intimidate other drivers on road. I come across 'tailgaters' on a daily basis :p

I am a Toyota driver, and I have to say I hardly talk to on the phone when I am driving. I would always tell the caller that I am driving and I will ring them back as soon as I can. Texting while driving is very dangerous indeed, I did it a few times and I have to admit it did create certain level of danger.

Why are Mazda drivers the best behaved? *Ponder. Hey, I was a Mazda driver!

BMW drivers involve in most drink driving cases, can I assume because majority of BMW drivers are business men and they tend to drink more when they are out entertaining customers?

Male drivers are worse drivers in all categories except “Text Messaging Whilst Driving” category which female drivers came out tops. Once again, females are proven to be the safer drivers! Yay! We maybe bad at reading maps, but we drive safer!

South Australia is home to the country’s worst drivers. I happen to know someone who drives in SA. /cough

Hopefully Australian drivers can drive more cautiously after reading the results of this survey. Just remember that when you are driving on a road, you are not only risking your life, but others as well.

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