Do you get cheesed off when other drivers don’t use their indicators? Does it make your blood boil when people park inconsiderately or block you in? If the answer is a resounding “YES!” our latest research has found that you’re probably not alone.
We polled 2,000 British adult motorists to find out their top driving irritations and to highlight the importance of being considerate to other road users. But in amongst the usual suspects like tailgating and speeding, it seems modern-day pet peeves like texting at the wheel and taking selfies in traffic are quickly climbing the list of annoying habits.
As a result of the survey, Kwik Fit set about creating a guide to modern motoring etiquette to expose the bad habits of driving that other road users hate the most. But rather than play out these scenarios with irate, potty-mouthed grown ups, we had some help from some altogether more loveable, innocent drivers...
Britain's Top 20 Modern Day Driving Irritations
Over half (57%) of Brits surveyed said that being tailgated by other road users is the biggest driving annoyance, whilst aggressive driving (55%) and failing to indicate (53%) also grinds their gears and make up the top 3.
Here are the results of our survey in full revealing what really gets on our wick in 2017:
|Rank||Irritation||% of Drivers|
|#5||Texting at the wheel||47%|
|#6||Lack of courtesy (not thanking fellow road users)||46%|
|#7||Changing lanes at the last second||45%|
|#8||Littering - throwing junk out of the window||43%|
|#9||Hogging the middle lane||41%|
|#10||Last minute braking||40%|
|#12||Using social media while driving||31%|
|#15||Not obeying the 'right of way' signs||29%|
|#16||Not letting other cars in a lane||28%|
|#17||Horn-happy drivers e.g. beeping the horn at traffic lights||27%|
|#18||Not giving pedestrians right of way at a zebra crossing||25%|
|#19||Taking selfies while in traffic||24%|
|#20||Road users being rude to cyclists||19%|
And yet it seems we are unaware of our own bad habits on the road - Nine in ten (93%) Brits believe that other drivers are to blame and are oblivious to other road users, whereas nine in ten (95%) respondents believed themselves to be respectful road users!