Shoppers turn into nasty road ragers

SHOPPERS are being impatient and simply rude during the busy Christmas period.

According to a study by insurer AAMI into shopping centre car park driving habits across the state, motorists are clearly out for themselves.

The study of almost 2400 Australian drivers revealed that Queensland is the nation's worst when it comes to exhibiting basic manners when parking.

AAMI corporate affairs manager Mike Sopinski said their research showed nearly two thirds (64 per cent) of Queensland drivers say another driver has stolen their car space while they were clearly waiting for it.

'Older drivers are more likely to have their car space stolen than younger drivers in our community,' he said.

'Sixty four per cent of women aged 55 and over have experience this versus 61 per cent of women aged 18-34.'

Mr Sopinski said road rage incidents became a great problem in the lead-up to Christmas.

'As hordes of stressed last-minute shoppers hit busy and congested roads in high summer temperatures, it often leads to drivers extending little or no courtesies to other motorists,' he said.

The AAMI study revealed that one in five Queensland drivers had admitted that if another driver had tried to enter a lane when traffic was heavy, they refused to let them in.

He said more than half of Queensland drivers also said they got annoyed when they were courteous to others drivers and were not acknowledged.

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