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Road Safety Week

Tuesday, 17 November

Safe driving to work

Support your employees to drive defensively and responsibly so others can survive.

Curbing Road Rage on the Commute

As our roads become more crowded, commuting times inevitably increase. A trip to work that may have taken 35 minutes a decade ago might now need closer to an hour, especially in larger cities. Traffic congestion leads to stress — and for some people, that can translate to road rage.

A Monash University study of aggressive driving found that nearly all Aussie drivers were prone to ‘minor’ aggressive behaviours including expressing annoyance (60%) and honking their horn in anger (70%) — despite the fact that the latter is illegal in every state and territory in the country.

More alarmingly, at least 4 out of 10 said that on occasion, they had followed a driver who frustrated them, so closely that they would have found it difficult or impossible to stop in an emergency. The most troubling result of the survey was the revelation that 30% of Australian drivers admitted they would even chase another car when angered.

Road rage can kill — and even when it doesn’t, it adversely affects driver behavior and can cause unnecessary accidents. Everyone on the road is negatively impacted by the actions of furious drivers including the drivers themselves, whose emotional state blunts their driving skill and ability to focus on the road.

The best antidote to road rage is courtesy. Know your road rules, be forgiving of other drivers’ shortcomings (because you have some too) and adhere to basic etiquette. We’re all human, we all share the road and we all need to look out for each other.

Did you know?

According to the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics Survey (2019), typical commuting times for Perth residents went up 10% between 2002 and 2017, to an average total of 53.9 minutes per day.