Being caught up in a traffic jam is a bad experience already. How much more if you are driving together with rude motorists? Just recently, Road Safety UAE and i-Insured commissioned a study that looked into the most common mistakes carried out by bad drivers and the reasons behind them. According to Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Vice President Retail i-Insured, this question is being actively discussed among UAE residents and there are surely a lot of subjective opinions. He pointed out that the goal of the survey was to gather professionally researched data points to help simplify the efforts of the involved stakeholders in striving to make UAE's road safer. In the survey, the respondents complained the lack of knowledge and low education concerning polite and caring behavior. Deliberate acts (37%), followed by anonymity in vehicles (36%) also scored high. The study, which was conducted in February of this year, was based on the views of a representative sample of 1,004 UAE residents. It further unveiled that 90 percent of drivers consider themselves as polite and caring drivers while only 34 percent consider other drivers as well-mannered. So far, 72 percent of the drivers claimed that the UAE has a positive driving culture, which was shared by 82 percent of Arab expatriates and 40 percent of Westerners. In a statement, Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director of Road Safety UAE, said that raising the right hand like Westerners might be seen differently by other demographic groups, where hand signs can be misconstrued. He stressed that if a little nod of the head is the right way for Arabs and/or Asians, this might not be seen by Westerners. Here's a list of the most unfriendly acts on the road as cited on the survey by the respondents.
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