The most annoying driving habits

JonathanApril 16, 2014

Driving is one of the best things in the world – well, it would be without other road users.

Time and time again, we work ourselves into a fury when we get behind the wheel because of inconsiderate motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who seem to think they are the only important person on the road.

Everyone has their main bugbears related to driving and there will be plenty of crossover, as has been shown by a new study conducted by Kwik Fit.

Research carried out by the company has found that the most annoying driving habit is a motorist who is using their mobile phone while driving. It is no surprise 47 per cent of those taking part in the poll said they hate it when drivers do this, especially as this is actually against the law and can land an offender a huge fine.

The law

Those who are caught using a phone while driving will be handed an automatic fixed penalty notice, as well as three points on their licence and a fine of £100, which could be increased to as high as £1,000 if the case goes to court.

Drivers are allowed to use hands-free phones, sat navs and two-way radios while they are behind the wheel, but police officers can still stop motorists if they think they are being distracted and are not focusing on driving.

While driving using a phone came out as the top most annoying motoring habit, a more traditional trait came in second place. Some 42 per cent said they hate tailgating, which is when motorists follow too closely behind the car in front.

Tailgating can also be extremely dangerous, particularly in busy traffic, so it is no wonder this was such a popular response. There's little more infuriating when you're on the roads, doing the speed limit and obeying all the laws of the road when someone decides you aren't going quickly enough and gets right up close behind you.


We've all been stuck at a busy junction or roundabout, waiting for just the right moment to pull out. So it will come as no shock that over a third (35 per cent) of respondents to the Kwik Fit research said failing to indicate was one of their pet hates about other road users. While usually more irritating than dangerous, failing to indicate can cause accidents if other road users cannot tell what your intentions are.

Middle lane cruisers were in the top five results as well, with over a quarter (26 per cent) of those taking part in the survey saying they hate it when people do this.

Go on any motorway in the country and you're bound to spot a few motorists plodding along under the speed limit in the middle lane, getting in everyone's way. Yes, they might feel safest at 60mph in the middle lane, but this is dangerous for other road users and can lead to congestion. Travel at the speed limit and stay in the inside lane if you don't want to overtake anyone.

Reaction speed

Slowness was also related another of the top ten results – being too slow to get away from traffic lights when they turn to green. We're all guilty of letting our focus slip for a second or two when we're at a red light, but it can be very annoying when you're stuck behind someone who takes an age to get going once the lights switch.

Lots of junctions only have the lights on green for a short time, so if you're not quick on the mark when it's green, you're holding everyone else up. But while 12 per cent said they hate it when people are slow to get through a green light, ten per cent stated that they are annoyed when someone speeds through a light as it is turning to red.

Undertaking (19 per cent) and dangerous overtaking (30 per cent) also made the final top ten most annoying driving habits, as well as hesitant driving (12 per cent) and last minute braking (23 per cent).

What's the driving habit that annoys you most?

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