Roadworks is one of those topics - it really gets people hot under the collar.
Whether you're thinking about slow highway speeds, or being stopped completely in your tracks by a person holding a stop-slow sign for several minutes, there's nothing that can kill a mood quicker than roadworks.
However, it's not often that we stop, put aside our grievances and think about the people who work on roadsides each day, often without a physical barrier between them and oncoming traffic.
Technology has a way of offering us a solution to a potential problem we didn't even know we had - enter the Slasher Teck autonomous vehicle. The vehicle, designed and built in Australia, could end the practice of stop-slow bat workers who stand on the road directing traffic during roadworks.
In May, Coroner Simon Cooper found the death of road worker Terrence Close could have been avoided if there'd been compliance with the Australian Standard as a Code of Practice under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.
Mr Close was working as a traffic controller on Vermont Road at Mowbray in February 2013 when he was hit by a car. He died at the Launceston General Hospital as a result of his injuries. If the Slasher Teck vehicle is implemented at roadside works across the country, the solar-powered drone would replace workers like Mr Close, and avoid other potentially fatal incidents.
The AUV is controlled by a truck driver and has autonomous and follow-me modes - it can also be controlled from up to 50 metres away. However, there is always two sides to every coin - replacing the traffic controllers would mean some people at roadworks would be out of a job. Some of those people may even rely on that cash flow coming in.
Safety at roadwork sites should be paramount, regardless of whether it's controlled by a drone or by a person holding a sign in front of you.
The next time you are at a site like this and feel yourself getting frustrated, stop, take a breath and remember those who are working on the site are people, just like you.