Drivers over 55 years least tolerant of mobile phone use

Drivers over 55 years least tolerant of mobile phone use

driverResearched conducted by an insurance company finds drivers who are more tolerant of others’ bad habits on the road are more likely to be guilty of poor road behaviour themselves.

IAG, which trades under the AMI, State, NZI, Lumley and Lantern brands, worked with research specialists Nielsen in asking people to confess their worst driving habits.

It asked the same group of individuals what behaviours they find most annoying in other drivers; comparing the results.

The study revealed drivers aged 25 to 39 to be the most forgiving of poor road etiquette compared with any other age group. For example, almost a third of people (36%) within this age bracket admitted to texting while driving but only one in five said they felt annoyed when they saw someone else do it (22%).

Talking on a mobile phone while driving was a pet peeve of a quarter of drivers aged 25 – 39 (25%), despite a greater number admitting to doing it themselves (27%).

More than a third of people aged 25 – 39 confessed to having driven through a red or amber light in the last six months (39%).

Over a quarter replied they felt annoyed when they saw someone else run a red light (27%), which is illegal in New Zealand and if spotted by police can attract a penalty of up to $150.

Drivers aged 40 and over were best behaved out of all the age groups and least tolerant of mobile phone use while driving, the survey showed.

Just 14% of people aged 40- 54 confessed to messaging while motoring but noting the same behaviour in others as annoying by 41%. Similarly, 17% admitted chatting on their phone without hands-free and 42% said the action irritated them.

People aged 55+ were even less tolerant of mobile phone use while driving and the least likely across the age groups to indulge in dangerous road user behaviours themselves.

More than half (52%) of people in this age group were annoyed by the sight of someone on the phone while driving, but only one in ten said they do it themselves. Similarly, 47% said they found texting while driving annoying but only 5% admitted they are guilty of doing it too.

Driving in bus lanes outside of permitted times was seen as one of the least offensive behaviours other drivers can get up to, with only 3% of respondents saying they found it annoying and fewer still admitting to doing it themselves (1%).

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