Lifestyle

Little cars, big attitudes

CALM: Juanita Henderson says she is a non-aggressive driver.
CALM: Juanita Henderson says she is a non-aggressive driver. John Mccutcheon

WHAT small-car drivers lack in horsepower, they apparently make up for in attitude.

National insurance company AAMI has found that small-car drivers are more likely to be aggressive or reckless on the roads.

The insurer has labelled the behaviour "small-car syndrome" and suggested that drivers may be using aggression to compensate for the limited size of their car.

Women aged 18-24 are said to be the more likely offenders because they make up the highest proportion of small-car drivers.

AAMI corporate affairs spokesman David Skapinker said small-car syndrome was concerning because of the increasing numbers of small cars on the roads.

"Because of the rising cost of motoring, we're seeing a trend toward smaller cars becoming popular, so it's worrying if people feel the need to overcompensate for their smaller assets by displaying risky driving behaviours," he said.

Mr Skapinker said small-car drivers were likely to gesture rudely or verbally abuse others drivers, and tailgate larger cars.

"We've all seen them on the road, the little hatch or small sedan, darting in and out of traffic and getting upset when another driver either takes them to task on their conduct or for simply driving at the speed limit," he said.

Juanita Henderson, 37, of Maroochydore, who drives a small Hyundai hatchback, said she did not class herself as an aggressive driver.

Mrs Henderson used to drive a Mitsubishi Magna station wagon and said, "I drive no differently."

The busy mother-of-two, businesswoman and part-time student acknowledged that she sometimes did not have the patience for people who disobeyed the road rules but she was not aggressive.

"My friends know me as Driving Miss Daisy. If the speed limit is 50kph, it's not 51 or 52 (for me), it's 50," she said.




Child killer claims constant fear of violence in jail

Warren Ross boards a police car at the King Street Court in Sydney in May 2014.

Ross once boasted he could make the child scream just showing a belt

Parents' worst nightmare: Daughter, 6, could be deported

The family of six-year-old Lennox Head girl Sienna Tippett have applied for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene so she doesn't get deported for having an undiagnosed mystery illness.

A Northern Rivers family has started the fight of their life.

Avocados drop to 79 cents each

Avocados advertised at Farmer Charlies in Lismore for 79 cents each

Holy guacamole! Avocados in Lismore are how much?

Latest deals and offers

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga has become a godmother to her friends' daughter

Metal havoc this week at New Tattersalls Hotel

Only Machines Remain play Lismore on 6th August. Photo Contributed

Only Machines Remain to play Lismore this week

Will Turbo be taken off TV?

Memes about Turbo are flowing on Social media.

PEOPLE want Turbo taken off TV, but will Prospero Productions the ma

Police charge in after Lohan claims fiance tried to kill her

"You tried to kill me. You're a f*****g psycho".

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started