Tailgating tops list for bad driving behaviour

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Britain's most annoying driving behaviours have been revealed in a new poll. It's the dangerous practice of tailgating that gets us most hot under the collar.

Tailgating comes top of the list, with over three quarters of motorists saying it infuriates them. Not indicating was next (70%), followed by cutting up (64%) and not paying attention (64%), according to a survey by YouGov of 2,500 drivers commissioned by car insurance specialist Admiral.




Alongside these annoying driving behaviours, it appears the nation's roads have become a worse place to be over the years. In fact, 62% of the motorists surveyed agree that road users are less courteous than five years ago and 69% agree that they get irritated by the lack of courtesy from other road users.

Sue Longthorn, Admiral managing director, said: "Tailgating is incredibly dangerous, so it's not a surprise to see how much it annoys motorists. Not leaving enough room should the car in front need to brake can lead to accidents as you need time to react. Some motorists even think it's acceptable to intimidate the driver in front by driving very close to them, which is totally unacceptable.

"Not indicating and cutting up can also prove dangerous for yourself and other drivers. And there could be other consequences, as if the police catch you, convictions for dangerous or careless driving can range from three penalty points on your licence to two years in jail."


Annoyance

Percentage

Tailgating

79%

Not indicating

70%

Cutting up

64%

Not paying attention

64%

Hogging the middle lane

55%

Driving too slowly

52%

Not saying thank you when you give way

44%

Speeding

30%

Racing at traffic lights and junctions

22%



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