Aussie Drivers Are Cocky, Frustrated Hypocrites, Survey Finds

Finger pointing drivers with delusions of superiority are losing their cool on Australian roads because of bad driving habits by road users, a survey has found.

Australian drivers are a cocky lot -- almost all rate themselves as safe road users and the majority say they're great behind the wheel.

They're also quick to point the finger at others, with 89 per cent admitting they let other drivers' annoying habits get them hot under the collar.

Millennials have the biggest driving egos, with 72 per cent rating themselves skilled, the survey of more than 1000 drivers found.

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Despite this, they and Gen Y were voted the most annoying drivers on the road, with P-platers coming in a close second.

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"We've all been there -- trying to merge but no one lets you in, can't open your car door because another car has parked too close," Cathy Duncan of ING Car Insurance said in a statement.

"It's these little things that frustrate us and can cause our judgement and decision-making to be impaired by stress."

Tailgating, changing lanes without indicating, leaving high-beams on and dodgy parking were found to be drivers' biggest frustrations.

More than half of the surveyed drivers said the stress these bad habits caused them to lose focus while driving, and one-in-five blaming it for an accident they'd had.

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Screaming kids, arguments with partners and backseat drivers were also found to be a source of stress, researchers said.

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Men (24 per cent) were found to be more likely than women (16 per cent) to let their annoyance at other road users get the better of them.

Ironically, three-quarters of all drivers also admitted that they'd committed the very same road sins that often caused them to lose their cool.

And almost half said they were bad drivers - at times - with 33 per cent saying they've picked up more than few bad habits since they passed their driving test.

Another 15 percent even admitted they probably wouldn't pass their driving test again.