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Top motoring blunders that irritate other drivers

Top motoring blunders that irritate other drivers

We all have them: pet peeves about other drivers that get us truly riled up. A recent study undertaken by retailer Halfords has revealed the habits most hated by drivers.

Highest on the list is ‘tailgating’ – driving too close to the car in front, with 68% of car owners reporting that this got them fuming while on the road.

Failing to indicate properly is next on the list, with 6 in 10 drivers getting irate about motorists who neglect this important aspect of communicating on the road. Half (50%) of drivers reported hating drivers weaving in and out of lanes.

People attempting to use hands-free mobile phones while driving bothered 42% of respondents.

Four out of 10 motorists also got cross about traffic jams, travelling too slowly and motorway lane hogs.

However, it’s not all bad news. The majority of drivers (3 in 5) reported that they felt drivers were displaying fewer bad habits than they did five years ago, despite an increase to 34.5 million vehicles on UK roads. Also encouraging is the fact that motorists reported feeling that people are more polite on the roads than they used to be.

In fact, though 8% reported shouting or making obscene gestures when other drivers do the wrong thing, a quarter will flash their lights or sound the horn, but the vast majority simply ignore it and continue to drive – an encouraging figure considering that road rage increases the risk of accidents, with 1/3 of all road accidents in the UK attributed to road rage.

Three ways to decrease the chances of road rage:

  • Leave plenty of time to get to your destination so that you’re not in a rush.
  • Consider what makes you irritable while driving, like having certain kinds of music or talk radio on as you drive.
  • If you feel yourself growing angry, pull over for a few minutes and cool down.

The 10 most annoying driving habits:

1. Driving too close to the car in front
2. Not indicating
3. Weaving through traffic
4. Using non hands free mobile phone while driving
5. Traffic jams
6. Driving too slowly while hogging a lane
7. Fast driving
8. Road works
9. Poor road conditions
10. Throwing litter from vehicles

Vivienne Egan is a writer for GEM Motoring Assist, leading providers of breakdown cover in the UK.

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