Dangerous Groups On The Road: The Generation Blame Game
March 30, 2012 Business News(PRLEAP.COM) GIO's latest research has found drivers believe the most dangerous groups driving on our roads are those at the opposite end of the age spectrum to them.
GIO spokesperson Duncan Bone said the research found one of young drivers' top concerns on the road was older drivers– and vice versa.
"Over 60 percent of drivers aged 18-24 rated older drivers as the most dangerous group on the road.
"Amongst drivers 50 and over, younger drivers were in the top two most dangerous groups at 52%, closely trailing cyclists at 57%.
Cyclists were rated the most dangerous group across the board, with 54 percent putting them into that category.
"We believe a lot of drivers feel this way because of the threat posed to cyclists on the road with their lack of protection, as much as their capacity to cause an accident, as suggested by our other research."
GIO spokesperson Duncan Bone said the research highlighted the way people categorised risks on our roads.
"Driving is one of the most dangerous activities many of us undertake on a regular basis. It pays to be mindful of both ourselves and others on the road.
"Ultimately the only actions we can control are our own. The rest comes down to the trust we place in others - regardless of what they drive or how old they are – on the road."
(1) Newspoll Market & Social Research conducted an independent internet survey on behalf of GIO Insurance of 3,740current drivers , 18 years of age and older, across all states and territories in 2011. Collected data has been weighted in line with current ABS population demographics to ensure any extrapolation of results is representative of age sex and area.
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