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DRIVER ANXIETY SURVEY T
op causes of driver anxiety
1 Other drivers' mistakes
2 Driving next to large trucks
3 Turning right across busy
lanes of two-way traffic
4 Overtaking cyclists
5 Night driving
6 Overtaking on country roads
7 Driving on wet roads
8 Busy highways and freeways
9 Busy intersections
11 Driving on roads with
ARE YOU READY?
NEWS FROM THE MOTORING WORLD AND BEYOND.
The mistakes made by
other road users are the
greatest causes of anxiety
for WA motorists, according
to a survey conducted through
the RAC's e-newsletter. The
next most stressful situations
are driving next to a truck and
turning right across busy lanes of
Seventy per cent of people
who took part in the survey said
they would go out of their way,
including driving in a different
direction, to avoid a stressful
situation on the roads. RAC
Head of Member Advocacy Matt
Brown said drivers were often
intimidated by the behaviour of
other road users.
"The actions like tailgating and
not merging safely are some of
the top reasons why drivers are
nervous on the roads," he said.
"Motorists need to consider
how their behaviour might
impact other road users."
Driving during severe weather
was also named as something
that induces driver stress. Of
the respondents who said they
deliberately avoided certain
driving situations, 50 per cent
named a previous negative
driving experience as being
behind their anxiety.
A recent study by the
Queensland University of
Technology found that a range
of distractions in urban areas,
such as billboards and other
roadside signage, also increased
anxiety levels and resulted in
motorists being unable to fully
focus on their driving.
To subscribe to the RAC
e-newsletter visit rac.com.au/
New regulations on child restraints are due to
come into force on 1 October in Western
Australia. These regulations specify the type
of restraint to be used according to the child's age.
When fitted correctly, car restraints have proven to
be very effective in preventing injuries to children in
a crash. The RAC encourages all parents to visit rac.
com.au/childrestraints to ensure they have the
appropriate restraints in their vehicles. The changes
coincide with International Safe Communities Day
and the start of Community Safety Month, which is
supported by the RAC. Community Safety Month is
a national campaign that promotes a range of safety
issues, including personal safety, road safety, suicide
prevention, emergency management, safety in public
places and many more. People are encouraged
to get involved in Community Safety Month by
organising or attending a local safety event. Events
are organised by local community groups, businesses
and government agencies to help encourage all
people to take steps towards enhancing their safety
and the safety of their community.
For more information about Community Safety
Month and how to get involved, visit iccwa.org.au
or call 9420 7212.
Whether it's on the road, at home or at
work, Australians have the right to be safe wherever
Do you know when your car's
electronic safety systems are
working to keep you safe on
Most people don't but there's
no doubt that technology such
as electronic stability control
(ESC) plays a huge role in
helping drivers avoid or
minimise the effect of
crashes on our roads.
Now, research from
the Monash University
Accident Research Centre
has quantified the effectiveness
of ESC using information collected
from real world crashes involving
466,000 vehicles. Among the key findings,
ESC was found to be effective at preventing
all types of single vehicle crashes by more than
30 per cent, and by 28 per cent for crashes where
the driver was injured.
ESC was also found to be particularly effective when
fitted to four wheel drives. It was found to reduce the
risk of four wheel drive rollovers by more than
80 per cent, especially so for four wheel drives on
Alarmingly, the research also suggested that ESC
caused some drivers in metropolitan areas to take
more risks because of the perception that ESC would
compensate for their risky behaviour.
Tailgating, trucks and
right-turns: just some of the
causes of driver anxiety.
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