Vancouver, British Columbia – With more traffic, construction delays, and cyclists and pedestrians on the road, driver courtesy is dropping, according to a survey conducted for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).
Half of drivers surveyed said that other drivers in their community are less courteous than they were five years ago. When asked about the last three months, drivers said that signalling late or not at all was number one, at 82 per cent, followed by tailgating at 73 per cent; being prevented from merging by 63 per cent; getting cut off by 48 per cent, and getting honked at in anger, by 26 per cent of drivers.
Of those polled, 40 per cent said they had not been discourteous to other drivers in the last three months, while 25 per cent admitted honking out of anger, and 17 per cent admitted signalling too late or not at all.
“There’s a clear disconnect between how drivers perceive their own driving behaviours and the reality of their driving,” said John Vavrik, a psychologist at ICBC. “Aggressive or careless driving such as cutting off other drivers, speeding, tailgating, talking on cell phones and not using proper signals is almost always what incites road rage. While road delays play a part in adding to driver stress, it’s the behaviour of other drivers that leads to the greatest frustration.”