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Texting and talking on the mobile phone while behind the wheel has been named Queensland’s most frustrating driving behaviour by  motorists and especially irritates riders who are most vulnerable to inattentive drivers.

In fact, the top four annoying driver behaviours all cause motorcycle riders aggravation. Second is tailgating, third is drivers who increase their speed when you try to overtake them and fourth is motorists who throw litter out of their vehicles.

Who hasn’t been hit with a cigarette butt while riding behind a vehicle?

The pet annoyances are included in the annual RACQ “What Drives You Crazy” survey.

Illegal use of mobile phones has jumped from third last year to top the list.

Because of our elevated view, riders often see drivers trying to hide their phones in their laps while texting or talking and using the phone’s speaker.

That’s why West Australian police use motorcycles to patrol for this offence.

RACQ Executive Manager Technical and Safety Policy (and Suzuki Bandit owner) Steve Spalding says if a driver is looking at their phone “they are not looking where they are going, or who they are about to run into, and this is particularly worrying for those who ride”.

Steve Spalding texting
Steve Spalding

“Road rules are there to keep everybody safe, not just the driver, or their passengers, but those around them who also use the road.

“The recent introduction of double-demerit points for repeat offenders of illegal mobile phone use highlights the concern in the community for changing the behaviour of those drivers who can’t, or won’t, put down their phone.

Drivers tailgating dropped to second in the RACQ survey, but it is still a dangerous habit of drivers who sit on the rear mudguard of a motorcycle.

“Our advice if someone is closely tailgating you then don’t speed up to try and increase the gap instead look for an early opportunity to let them pass you and thereby reduce the risk of being hit from behind,” Steve says.

The fifth annoyance of motorists incorrectly using indicators could be something that riders do as most motorcycles don’t have auto-cancelling indictors and often accidentally leave them on.Texting-While-Driving

What Drives You Crazy survey top 10 frustrating behaviours for 2015

  1. Motorists talking/sending SMS on hand-held mobiles (3rd in 2014)
  2. Drivers who follow too closely/tailgate (1st in 2014)
  3. Motorists who increase their speed when you try to overtake them (4th in 2014)
  4. Motorists who throw litter out of their vehicles (2nd in 2014)
  5. Motorists who incorrectly use indicators e.g. indicate too late or fail to indicate at all (6th in 2014)
  6. Motorists who aren’t courteous e.g. allowing room to merge/change lanes (5th in 2014)
  7. Motorists parking incorrectly e.g. Double-parking or using disability car parks (10th in 2014)
  8. Motorists turning from the wrong lane e.g. At multi-lane roundabouts (8th in 2014)
  9. Motorists who do not move over to allow others to overtake (13th in 2014)
  10. Motorists ignoring restricted speed limits e.g. At school zones or road works (9th in 2014)
  1. Texting while driving is more than just annoying…….it is abhorrent, totally unnecessary and a blatant slap in the face of safety on the road. God I could not think of anything worse than having to inform somebody’s spouse that their partner won’t be coming home because he/she was a victim of a texting driver.
    Absolute ZERO tolerance to anyone caught texting while driving

  2. Driving around Nowra NSW I regularly see Mobiles being used by drivers whilst driving. I have noted also that some of the biggest offenders are our local Police officers. Every week I see local and highway patrol officers merrily chatting and or texting whilst driving their patrol cars and utes. It’s got that bad now that each Friday when picking up my kids from school they pick out the police using their mobiles while driving. Now I am sure that the response from the police will be, “Oh its legal for us as it is in the pursuit of our duties”, really… I think not. Just another example of one law for them and another for everyone else. As a Motorcyclist I have had so many near misses with drivers not paying attention to what they are doing with their eyes diverted to their mobiles and it seems that NSW Police can not even lead by example!

  3. I recently got hit with a young overseas driver who just rammed into me without warning. She said she could not see me, despite the fact that I was RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER! She and her friend even used the excuse of “oh she’s not used to the roads here yet.” THEN GET SOME LESSONS! YOU ARE IN COMMAND OF A KILLER MACHINE THAT WEIGHS OVER A TONNE!

    Of course, heaven knows what she was doing to prevent her from seeing me in the first place. Chatting to her friend about their new life at uni? Texting on the phone? I think if someone is caught with their mobile phone, the car should be impounded (of course, exceptions to the rule: medical emergencies).

    I have done a lot of work on my bike, only to have it ruined by some idiot on their phone within half a second. I got to miss out on my weekend exercise and had to cancel an outing with a friend I may not see again for a long time, but she will drive on doing her planned activity without a care in the world.

    The penalties are not strong enough to deter this kind of thing, and this really needs to improve, especially with the influx of immigrants who have ZERO understanding or care about our safety.

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