The moment we get behind the wheel of a car, we are bombarded with stress. Traffic, tailgating, speed limits, parking, the list goes on! So what impacts our car confidence the most?
A recent survey of 1155 Australian drivers, commissioned by car insurance comparison service comparethemarket.com.au investigated six common driving manoeuvres that stress us out the most: merging into traffic, changing lanes, parallel parking, getting onto a busy roundabout, hill starts and reverse parking.
A third (34%) of Aussie drivers ranked parallel parking as the most stressful driving related task, with changing lanes during peak traffic hours a close second (32%).
With the sharp decline in manual car sales, it’s little surprise that nerves around hill starts are a thing of the past, with only 17% of respondents saying they get sweaty palms performing this manoeuvre.
Abigail Koch, spokesperson for comparethemarket.com.au says, “Every driver has their own ‘driving demons’ to deal with – whether it’s pesky parallel parking or merging into busy traffic, we all stress about something while on the road. Our survey results show that driving pressure points differ across age groups, with some manoeuvres proving tricky for even the most experienced driver.”
Looking across the generational data, changing lanes during peak traffic was a clear concern for older motorists. Almost a third (30%) of 55 – 64 year olds and two fifths (41%) of over-65s stated that changing lanes frightened them the most.
However, Boomers (55+) tend to remain calm when entering busy roundabouts, with only 17% saying this gets them hot under the collar. Surprisingly, the dreaded parallel park was a non issue for this age group, with only a fifth (20%) fearful at the thought of it.
Millennials (18 – 34 year olds) were confident when it came to merging into traffic and entering roundabouts, with only a fifth rating these car skills as stressful (19% and 22% respectively).
Parallel parking remained the biggest issue for this age group, causing half (47%) of respondents to feel anxious about this manoeuvre.
“In 2017, there were 1,225 deaths recorded on Australian roads, with 129 fatalities occurring in December alone,” Abigail says. “It’s imperative that Aussie drivers regularly practice the manoeuvres they are most afraid of and build confidence behind the wheel. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to master your car fears.”
“While building car confidence is a must, it’s just as important to protect yourself and others if the worst should happen. Comparethemarket.com.au can help you compare a variety of comprehensive and affordable insurance policies for your vehicle,” Abigail says.
|Driving manoeuvre||How stressful do Aussies find this task?|
|Changing lanes when there’s lots of traffic||32%|
|Merging into traffic||21%|
|Getting onto a busy roundabout||17%|
Comparethemarket.com.au outlines six crucial steps to follow if you’re involved in a car accident:
- Stop the car and stay calm: Make sure everyone is safe then check the extent of the damage to both cars involved in the accident.
- Gather as much information as possible from the other driver: This includes their full name, phone number, car registration details, insurance information such as their provider and policy details and drivers licence number.
- Ask for contact information from witnesses: If the fault of the accident is disputed, accounts from witnesses could help your claim.
- Take photos: Recording evidence of the damage to both vehicles is very important. Along with witness accounts, pictures can help with your claim as well as prove the extent of the damage for insurance quotes.
- Report the accident to the police: One of the parties involved should call the police to provide details on the incident, including time and date, location, contact details and any injuries sustained.
- Talk to your insurer: To make sure your claim is processed as quickly as possible, call your insurance provider at the earliest opportunity.
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 An independent survey conducted by Pure Profile on behalf of comparethemarket.com.au. The 1155 respondents were individuals living in Australia with a valid driving licence. Respondents were an equal ratio of male to female, aged over 18 years old. Respondents were representative of the Australian population NSW (30%), VIC (26%), QLD (21%), WA (11%), SA (7%), TAS (2%), ACT (2%), and NT (1%).
 Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Safety Statistics 2017: https://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/rda/files/RDA_Dec_2017.pdf
 Respondents could choose more than one option within the survey question.