NOVEMBER 15 marks the beginning of National Road Safety Week, with a theme of drive so others survive.
The week, which was postponed from earlier in the year due to COVID-19, encourages drivers to look at the road while driving, and not at their phones, as well as other road safety issues such as road rage.
According to statistics from Monash University Accident Research Centre and Budget Direct aggressive driving is more common on our roads than most realise.
To help shed some more light on the issue, a nationally representative sample of 1,032 Australians aged 18 years and older who are licensed drivers and use a car frequently were sampled.
Research findings revealed that 80 per cent of Australian drivers do not consider themselves aggressive; however data regarding experiences of aggressive driving paint a different picture and while for many road rage incidents may seem minor, they actually escalate the tense situation, increasing the risk of a road incident.
Among the key findings of the survey, 45 per cent of Australian drivers admitted to shouting at, cursing or making rude gestures towards another driver. Seven percent said they do it "all the time."
Owner of Bathurst Learn to Drive, Warren Aubin, spends hundreds of hours a month on the road, and sad sadly, road rage is a very common issue.
He said he has even had to end driving lessons because the learner driver was too aggressive.
"I had one learner, who was 24-years-old, I got her to pull over and stop the lesson. I said to her you have no right to hold a licence, and if you continue to drive like that you will kill someone," he said.
He said unfortunately road rage is built into everyone, but his advice is "don't get upset."
"If someone pulls out in-front of you, don;t get all angry and worked up, if you do that you will drive aggressively and you will have an accident."
He said it really important that people remained calm behind the wheel, not only from a road safety perspective, but safety in general.
"You might give someone a serve, and they could follow you to the next red light, what's to say they don't try and drag you out of the car, or they have a knife or a gun in the car... there can be a lot of repercussions."
"You're far better to keep your cool," he said.