CARDIFF, September 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Britain's most annoying driving behaviours have been revealed in a new poll, and it's the dangerous practice of tailgating that gets British drivers most hot under the collar.
Car insurance specialist Admiral commissioned YouGov to survey 2,500 drivers as part of the annual Admiral Survey of Motorists, and found the aggressive act of tailgating was top of the list, with over three quarters (79%) of motorists saying it infuriates them. Next was not indicating (70%) followed by cutting up (64%) and not paying attention (64%).*
Hogging the middle lane was also irritating (55%), as was driving too slowly (52%), drivers not saying thank you when you give way (44%), speeding (30%), and racing at traffic lights and junctions (22%).
Admiral managing director Sue Longthorn 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 3 penalty points on your licence to two years in jail."
Alongside these annoying driving behaviours, it appears the nation's roads have become a less pleasant place to be over the years. In fact, 62% of the motorists Admiral surveyed agreed that road users are less courteous than they were five years ago and 69% agree that they get irritated by the lack of courtesy from other road users.
More information on this and the rest of Admiral's Annual Survey of British Motorists can be found at http://www.admiral.com/surveyofmotorists.
Notes to Editors:
*Respondents were able to choose as many bad driving acts from the list as they wanted.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,500 adults who have a driving licence and at least one car in their household. Fieldwork was undertaken between6th-9th May 2011. The survey was carried out online.
Admiral, (a trading name of EUI Ltd) launched in 1993, and is part of Admiral Group plc. It was set up to target those motorists who traditionally pay higher than average premiums, including those under-35, living in cities or driving hot hatches. It now offers its unique Admiral MultiCar policy for households with two or more cars.
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