Britain's most annoying drivers
During the global financial crash of 2008/09, the number of cars on Britain's roads declined for the first time since the Second World War. However, rising car sales over the past couple of years have seen the number of vehicles on our roads rise to 35 million, including almost 31.4 million cars.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
Who drives us mad?
According to the survey, older motorists (those aged over 60) most irritate other drivers, followed by taxi drivers and cyclists. We're none too keen on 'white van man', teenage drivers and caravans, either!
Here's the full list:
Personally, I think we're being unfair on older drivers. I'd much rather ride with my 73-year-old father-in-law than with my 21-year-old niece. I'm convinced that his five decades of experience and 'road sense' more than compensate for her faster reaction time and keener eyesight.
Indeed, Admiral's managing director, Sue Longthorn, says: "The reason so many people find elderly motorists irritating could be because they tend to drive more carefully and are not in such a rush, compared to many other road users. So many motorists are in a rush these days; they get impatient with anyone they think is slowing them down."
Drivers behaving badly
As well as researching irritating drivers, Admiral also asked respondents about what annoys them about other road users. Here's our worst habits:
Closely following behind with 73% is using mobile phones while driving -- an offence punishable by a fixed-penalty notice. In third place, mentioned by 71% of drivers, is not indicating before turning, followed by cutting up (veering sharply to get in front of another vehicle) at 70%.
Other bad habits that give us 'road rage' include not paying attention (57%), followed by driving too slowly (54%) -- a common complaint levied against older motorists. Also, we like other motorists to show good manners, with half (50%) of us annoyed when other drivers don't thank us for giving way.
Last of our 10 bad habits are speeding, which annoys almost a third (32%) of UK motorists, and racing at traffic lights and junctions (30%) -- most often associated with 'boy racers'.
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