The UK's top driving irritations


These are the things that annoy Briton's motorists the most

Lane hoggers, tail-gaters and frequent lane-changers are among the most annoying bugbears for motorists, research revealed yesterday.

A detailed study found nine in ten drivers get annoyed by others, with tailgating being the most popular annoyance winding up over three quarters of Brits.

The report also found road users cutting in at the last minute, those who pull out of a junction too slowly and failing to stop for a red light also infuriate drivers.

Unsurprisingly, nearly two thirds of those polled admitted their own driving can be affected by irritants on the road, and at times they don’t drive as safely as they should themselves when trying to avoid other annoying drivers.

David Carter from Accident Advice Helpline, who commissioned the study said: “It’s understandable for motorists to get frustrated but we are all guilty of causing danger to other road users when driving.

“It’s important to not let your emotions get the better of you when other motorists are driving dangerously, as this won’t always end well.”

Drivers who ‘rev’ at traffic lights, those who are slow to pull out and taking too long to park are among the top 50 bugbears.

‘Rubber neckers’ who slow down traffic to inspect accidents annoy three in ten Brits.

While four in ten get irritated by those who skip red lights and those who don’t stop at zebra crossings.

And 54 per cent of drivers feel annoyed by others who insist on hogging the middle lane.

But it’s not just other motorists causing problems, with roadworks, speed traps and cyclists using the road instead of the purpose-built cycle lanes infuriating drivers.

For some it’s what’s going on inside the car, with passengers and their terrible music taste getting hold of the radio annoying motorists.

Of the average eight hours a week spent driving, nearly a fifth of this time is spent getting annoyed by fellow road users.

And 57 per cent said they get distracted by the poor decisions made by others.

Three in ten find they won’t drive as safely because of the behaviour of other motorists, which is resulting in six in ten having a ‘near’ miss or accident because of another driver.

And eight per cent admit the same applies as a result of their own poor driving decisions.

David Carter added: “We deal with the aftermath of accidents and know first-hand the devastating effects that car accidents can have on people’s lives. If drivers are getting irritated on the road there’s a chance that this cause an accident which can alter people’s lives”.

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