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.

About Budget Direct

Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000 and is one of Australia's award-winning and fastest growing insurance companies.

Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Pet, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.

Budget Direct is a multi-award-winning insurer having won Money magazines Insurer of the Year 2021 for the fifth year in a row and Canstar’s Outstanding Value Car Insurance 2021 for 15 years in a row amongst many other awards. Our policies are underwritten by Auto & General Insurance Company Limited, an Australian insurance company regulated by APRA and a member of the Insurance Council of Australia.

About Auto & General

Auto & General has specialised in the sale, management and underwriting of insurance products in Australia since 2000. Our insurance products include car, home and contents and travel. We provide insurance for a number of brands including Budget Direct, 1st for Women, Ozicare, Virgin Money, and ING. We have contact centres based in Queensland and claims assessing centres in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, in total employing in excess of 1500 people. Our commitment to providing exceptional service has seen the company win multiple industry awards.

Media Contact

Email: [email protected]

Want your Insurance Solved™ with Budget Direct?