Headache driver habits highlighted
UK motorists have responded to a new poll by Kwik Fit highlighting the behaviours in other drivers that really make their blood boil.
First published in April 2011, this latest update to the research has seen individuals using mobile phones for talking or texting when behind the wheel take over as the top infuriating activity for UK drivers – highlighted as the biggest driver headache by 47 per cent of respondents.
It replaces tailgating (42 per cent) as the most annoying driver action, while motorists failing to indicate came in third in the list of infuriating behaviours with 35 per cent.
Making up the remainder of the top ten bad practices were drivers making dangerous overtakes (30 per cent), middle lane cruisers (26 per cent), last minute brakers (23 per cent), undertaking (19 per cent), hesitant driving (12 per cent), slow moving away from traffic lights (also 12 per cent) and drivers jumping lights (ten per cent).
It is also important to remember that while each of these activities can be infuriating for other road users, they also represent a considerable danger to all.
Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, commented: “These driving habits aren’t just annoying, they are dangerous and some of them against the law. You’re four times more likely to have an accident if you use a mobile while driving.
“And with on-the-spot penalties for motorists who hog the middle lane, tailgate or cut up other vehicles being introduced last year, it highlights just how serious these antisocial driving behaviours are being taken.”
Mobile phone use has now been a criminal offence for motorists for several years, and many businesses are unaware of the implications of their drivers using a mobile phone whilst driving.
Sam Alexander of The Fuelcard People highlighted: “Fleet managers have a duty of care to anyone driving on business, regardless of whether they are driving their own or a company-owned vehicle, and it is imperative that mobile phone use is covered in their fleet safety policies.”
Kwik Fit’s poll found that older motorists now appear to view using a mobile phone at the wheel as more annoying than their younger counterparts – 62 per cent of over-65s were angered by this behaviour, compared to just 38 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds.