Gold Coast motorists behaving badly: Report

GOLD COAST drivers are badly behaved, according to research released by Suncorp Insurance.

The report shows that bad behaviour on the Gold Coast roads is rife, with more than eight out of ten residents personally experiencing driver discourtesy.

Suncorp Insurance’s State of Courtesy research highlights the importance and lack of common courtesy on our roads – and unfortunately for the Glitter Strip, the results are not good.


Suncorp Insurance spokesperson, Melissa Cronin, said, while 100 per cent of Gold Coast residents surveyed admitted that road courtesy is important, not many of us are practicing what we preach.

“Our research has unfortunately uncovered a serious lack of courtesy throughout the Gold Coast, and it is getting worse with 77 per cent of us believing there is less courtesy on the roads compared to five years ago,” Mrs Cronin said.

The research measured the frequency of 13 discourteous driver behaviours, such as tailgating, frequently changing lanes and blocking other cars from merging.

“Drivers were surveyed across Queensland, and while some of the results were not surprising, they certainly were disappointing,” Mrs Cronin said.

The top five discourteous behaviours Gold Coast drivers have experienced in the past 12 months include:

Not indicating when turning off or changing lanes – Experienced by 93% of respondents
Not letting others merge in front when it is their turn – Experienced by 93% of respondents
Driving slowly in the right-hand (fast)lane – Experienced by 91% of respondents
Frequently changing lanes – Experienced by 90% of respondents
Tailgating – Experienced by 90% per cent of respondents

Mrs Cronin said Gold Coast residents needed to acknowledge that a number of these discourteous behaviours were actually illegal, and that by participating in them, drivers were not only breaking the law, but making the roads unsafe for everyone.

“Unfortunately it’s clear that driver courtesy is flying out the car window, and as a result drivers are becoming stressed, angry and dangerous behind the wheel,” Mrs Cronin said.

“We must have safer Queensland roads and so we’re encouraging everyone to calm down and think about their actions behind the wheel – after all, a little courtesy can go a long way.”