Which state has the worst drivers?

August 4, 2015

Which state has the worst drivers?

One-third (36%) of Australians believe New South Wales has the worst drivers in Australia – and just over half (54%) of NSW drivers agree!

Overall, Queensland came in second place (21%) with Victoria a close third (20%).

Insurer of the Year* Budget Direct commissioned a survey of over 1000 people from across Australia asking which state/territory has Australia’s worst drivers. It found each state thinks it has the worst drivers – but all listed NSW as home of the second worst (except NSW which picked its own drivers first).

“Everyone thinks their state has the worst drivers – no doubt because that’s where we do most of our driving,” says Kimberley Moody, Senior Communications Manager, Budget Direct.“It’s interesting all put NSW drivers as the next worst; whether that’s a reality or not the locals seem to agree.”

In the same survey when asked which road users were the worst drivers, the majority (30%) picked taxi drivers, followed by 4WDs (23%). Cyclists were the third worst drivers according to 13% of respondents**.

However cyclists topped the list when it came to road users causing the most issues on our roads, with 29% saying they caused the most problems, followed by transport and logistics trucks at 24%.

*Money Magazine Awards 2015, based on analysis conducted by Canstar of 35 insurers’ car and home and contents insurance policies.

**Source: McCrindle Research Survey conducted February 2015 on behalf of Budget Direct. 1023 respondents aged 18 and over participated from all states and territories.


For further information or interviews please contact Brad Seymour, Director Partnerships & Communication, Budget Direct (Auto & General) at 07 3377 8937  or mediaenquiries@budgetdirect.com.au

Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000.  It is part of the international Budget Insurance group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The group provides more than 6.8 million policies to insurance customers and administers $2 billion in premiums annually. Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Health, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.

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