Lack of gratitude tops UK drivers' road gripe survey
06 January 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Drivers lacking courtesy by not saying thank you when they let someone out of a junction is the biggest pet peeve of UK drivers according to a new survey.
A leasing company website asked 1500 drivers for their opinions, and using a mobile phone while driving was second-highest, while driving too slowly in middle or outside lanes, cyclists running red lights and tractors made up the rest of the top five.
While common annoyances such as loud music and people who don't indicate were among those listed further down the table of 20 annoyances, there are some more obscure gripes on the list complied by Flexed.co.uk.
These include baby on board signs, personalised number plates and people who turn right.
"It's very easy for us to suggest that drivers take a more relaxed attitude to their motoring when they've been stuck in a traffic jam for the best part of an hour," said Flexed.co.uk spokesperson, Mark Hall, "but it's something that hard-put road-users really have to take on board."
The top 20 annoyances
- Lack of courtesy - people who don't thank you
- Using a mobile phone while driving
- Driving too slowly in the middle or outside
- Cyclists running red lights
- Tractors that don't pull over to let faster traffic past
- Bad parking
- Tailgating and driving too clos
- Throwing cigarette ends out of the window
- People who don't indicat
- Loud music
- Not moving up in a traffic jam, letting other cars in
- Not dipping headlights at night
- Seeing other drivers picking their nose
- Drivers who block the road when an emergency vehicle is trying to get through
- Motorbikes filtering through a traffic jam
- Wheel spinning
- Dirty or unreadable number plates
- Spitting out of the window
- People who keep changing lanes in traffic jams
- Drivers who slow down to look at an accident