Survey: 77% of motorists annoyed by inconsiderate drivers; 54% stressed driving

77 per cent of motorists are annoyed by inconsiderate drivers, according to an online poll.
77 per cent of motorists are annoyed by inconsiderate drivers, according to an online poll.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - Feeling stressed whenever you drive? You're not the only one.

Insurance company AIG Singapore released the results of a survey which showed that 77 per cent of motorists are annoyed by inconsiderate drivers while 54 per cent feel stressed on the road.

The online poll of 800 Singaporean drivers, conducted in September 2015 online from Sept 17 to 23, involved 800 different Singaporean drivers.

The survey found their top three bugbears were reckless driving, lane changing without indicating and drivers not accommodating cars that want to change lanes.

Four drivers who spoke to The Straits Times concurred with the survey results.

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Mrs Christina Toh, 49, said she is annoyed most by "drivers who are very close to your vehicle but who do not signal and just change lanes".

The survey also found that younger drivers - those between 18 and 35 - were the most dangerous.

A staggering 63 per cent of them admitted to unsafe behaviour at the wheel, such as accelerating at amber lights, programming their GPS and using their mobile phone.

Unsafe behaviour by drivers have contributed to many traffic accidents over the years.

Ms Wong Siew Lee, AIG Singapore's head of auto, said: "This rise in impatient and reckless driving can be seen in latest Traffic Police data where the number of speeding violations increased by 6.5 per cent."

The number of fatal accidents involving speeding also increased from 39 in 2013 to 42 in 2014.

AIG Singapore also found that many of the younger drivers who admited to driving dangerously, do not own their own cars and borrow those of their parents.

Motorists quizzed by The Straits Times had their own suggestions on how to make the roads safer.

Student Shawn Lee, 20, believes that fines should be higher for those who break the rules.

Drivers ST spoke to had many suggestions on how to fix inconsiderate driving.

This includes deterring those who choose to go against the rules, by having increased fines, suggested Mr Lee.

Mr Jerome Oei, a 24-year-old entrepreneur, wants fellow motorists to "have more foresight in driving and to watch the traffic ahead so that last-minute changing of lanes can be avoided".

He also agreed that fines should be higher for rule-breakers.

Mr Bernard Tay, president of Automobile Association of Singapore suggested a three-pronged approach through education, enforcement and reinforcement to "develop better perceptual, attitudinal and psychomotor skills" that will result in safer roads.