Britain’s ICM conducted a study on behalf of Kwik-Fit and discovered that 66 per cent of the 1,000 drivers questioned said that tailgating is the number one gripe for UK drivers. Apparently there’s nothing more annoying that having someone else’s car close to your backside. The runner up was “failure to indicate” voted by 62 per cent and dangerous overtaking voted by 57 per cent.
The full list is as follows:
- Tailgating, 66 per cent
- Failure to indicate, 62 per cent
- Dangerous overtaking. 57 per cent
- Jumping traffic lights, 35 per cent
- Middle-lane hogging, 34 per cent
- Dangerous late-braking, 31 per cent
- Hesitant driving, 31 per cent
- Undertaking, 30 per cent
- Fast-lane hogging, 25 per cent
- Being slow away from traffic lights, 21 per cent.
Kwik-Fit customer services director David White said that the "root of frustration" drivers feel for these annoying habits lies in the potential danger they represent.
"Many accidents are caused by aggressive driving - whether it's people driving too close to the car in front, dangerous overtaking, or jumping traffic lights," he added. "Motorists need to remember that these aren't just annoying, they put the safety of all road users at risk."