RAC survey reveals the areas Perth drivers want more education

Merging - the final frontier.
Merging - the final frontier.

A NEW survey from the RAC has revealed the top five areas in which Perth drivers want more education, and number one is no surprise – merging.

WA drivers’ inability to merge has been a point of derision and, yes, a perverse sort of pride for years.

But it seems at least they can acknowledge there is a problem, if the results of a recent RAC survey are anything to go by.

RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs Will Golsby said the list is a useful starting point for the State Government to direct funding from the Road Trauma Trust Account.

“The majority of respondents (76 per cent) identified merging/giving way as the area they want more driver education, with one in five (18 per cent) admitting they are unsure of how to correctly give way themselves,” Mr Golsby said.

“Almost half (44 per cent) said they believe other drivers don’t know how to merge properly.

“The second most nominated area was how to use roundabouts, with 62 per cent saying more guidance is needed in this area.

“Half of respondents (53 per cent) said other drivers don’t know how to use roundabouts correctly, and one in three (34 per cent) even admitted to not knowing how to use them themselves.

“Mobile phone use behind the wheel was the third-most nominated area where more education is needed.

“Changing lanes was fourth, nominated by almost half (45 per cent) of respondents; with a further quarter saying other drivers don’t know how to indicate properly.

“Speeding was the fifth most nominated area, with a third of respondents saying more driver education is required in regards to sticking to speed limits.”

TOP FIVE AREAS WHERE MORE EDUCATION IS NEEDED:
1. Giving way / merging (76 per cent)
2. Using roundabouts (62 per cent)
3. Mobile phone use while driving (59 per cent)
4. Changing lanes (45 per cent)
5. Speeding (31 per cent)