A recent survey conducted by the Social Research Centre confirms our own startling research survey conclusions
conducted a year or so ago.
Australian drivers are simply not getting any better.
A staggering 61 percent admitted illegally using mobile phones whilst driving, and a shocking 30 percent
said they had sent text messages.
One in four believed they could drive 10 kph above the speed limit in a 100kph zone without being fined.
An alarming one in six admitted falling asleep at the wheel, and up to 1 in 10 drivers said they had driven
while they thought they might have been above the legal alcohol limit at least once in the last twelve months.
Our own Private Fleet survey conducted amongst a much larger cross section reached similar conclusions and
also showed many more concerning traits.
• Young Toyota drivers are 40 percent more likely than the average driver to talk on the phone whilst driving
but they are 30 percent less likely to drink and drive.
• Female drivers fared well except that they are more likely to text when driving than their male counterparts.
• Holden holds the unenviable title of housing Australia’s worst drivers whereas Mazda comes out top as having
the best behaved drivers.
• The Australian Capital Territory can proudly claim to have the best behaved drivers in the country.
But South Australia takes the booby prize, however the worst driving individual segment goes, perhaps unsurprisingly,
to NSW ‘P’ platers.
• Tasmanian drivers are more likely to speed than their Victorian cousins.
• Remarkably 51 percent of West Australian drivers admitted to having consumed three or more standard drinks before driving.
Our survey was conducted on line and drew responses from over 2500 motorists. But the unique feature of our survey is that it is interactive.
This means that you can put your own pet theories to the test with over 10,000 possible scena