NZ drivers feel unsafe behind the wheel

  • 19/10/2017
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More than a third of New Zealanders feel unsafe behind the wheel and most don't have confidence in other drivers.

An AA driving school survey found that within seven days of driving, 85 percent of those surveyed saw other drivers speed, and 64 percent saw drivers drift out of a lane or park inconsiderately.

While a further 63 percent say they saw someone run a red light.

This points to an incredible level of potentially lazy and dangerous driving taking place on our roads, says AA driving school general manager Roger Venn.

"One of the main reasons for the lack of confidence in other's abilities is people claiming to see plenty of motorists ignoring basic road rules and road courtesies," Mr Venn said.

"If that's the case, there is a real need for better education and enforcement of some of these driving basics."

The survey also found that drivers are more likely to point the finger at others, instead of realising their own driving slip-ups.

"There's a definite disconnect between the number of people driving badly and those taking ownership for it," he says.

"If we were all driving as well as we think we are then confidence levels on the road would be a lot higher."

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