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Texting, speeding drivers engage in risky behaviours

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More than half of Australian drivers believe they don’t have bad habits behind the wheel but 7% are still sending text messages, 23% exceed the speed limit and 17% proceed through amber lights, a report commissioned by dash cam manufacturer Nextbase says.

Around 80% of drivers have experienced road rage, with 52% reporting aggressive tailgating and 13% feeling like they were being run off the road, the report says. In responding to tailgating, 34% of drivers slow down and 13% brake suddenly to deter them.

UK-based Nextbase, which entered the Australian market last year, is promoting the benefits of dash cams in improving driving behaviour.

The report says one in four Australians have a dash cam installed in their main vehicle, 45% think they should be mandatory for all drivers and 80% would install a dash cam in their vehicle in exchange for a discount on car insurance.

One in four drivers say they change their driving behaviour when they’re aware a dash cam may be recording them.

The research conducted by Antenna is based on a survey of 1014 respondents last November and a second survey of 1019 respondents in May.