Dubai: Tackling traffic jams across the city is bad enough in itself, but when you add a handful of rude motorists, your journey can quickly change into a stressful, road-range induced drive.
But have you ever wondered why some motorists disregard traffic rules and drive in a menacing way?
A recent study carried out by Road Safety UAE and i-Insured looked into the most common mistakes that bad drivers carry out, and the reasons behind them.
Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Vice President Retail i-Insured, said: “This question is passionately discussed among UAE residents and for sure there are plenty of subjective opinions. The aim [of the survey] was to arrive at professionally researched data points helping to streamline the efforts of the involved stakeholders trying to make UAE’s road safer.”
The survey revealed that 90 per cent of motorists consider themselves as ‘polite and caring’ drivers, while only 34 per cent think that other drivers are well-mannered.
The most unfriendly acts
- Abruptly changing lanes 42%
- Speeding 38%
- Bullying and aggressive driving 37%
- Lack of use of indicators 36%
- Jumping the queue 33%
- Cutting in front or behind you 32%
- Tailgating 22%
- Lack of consideration for pedestrians 17%
- Lack of consideration for trucks and buses 14%
- Lack of consideration for motorbike riders 13%
- Lack of consideration for bicycle riders 12%
Main reasons for unfriendly acts
- Time pressure, and running late 50%
- Diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds make a common form of politeness impossible 42%
- Lack of education and awareness about polite and caring behavior on the roads 41%
- General lack of overall politeness 40%
- Drivers do not know what polite and caring behavior is 37%
- Deliberate acts of being impolite, aggression 37%
- The anonymity of drivers inside of cars makes it easy for them to misbehave 36%
- It is not important to be polite and caring on the roads 16%