Fuel Card News Motoring Updates: Our ten worst driving habits
One of the most in-depth motoring surveys into driver behaviour has revealed how other motorists’ lack of respect is a major annoyance on the roads, The Telegraph has reported.
As well as congestion, rising fuel prices and potholes, its other motorists’ driving styles that make us behave so badly behind the wheel, the AXA and Telegraph motoring survey has revealed.
At the top of the list of hates was tailgating, with 70 per cent claiming it was their biggest annoyance.
The survey also revealed how 46 per cent of drivers’ claim their biggest annoyance is those who ''no longer hold the steering wheel in the correct position”.
However its not just other motorists habits that cause us problems, cyclists who ride through red lights irritate 12 per cent of the respondents in the survey.
Other peeves revealed in the survey included, motorists who don’t apply their handbrake at traffic lights, accelerating between speed cameras, drinking and eating while driving and putting the vehicles nose out at junctions.
Psychologist Dr Peter Marsh commented on the survey: “It must be something to do with fearing that other drivers are not as fully in control as they should be.
“That’s the thing about driving in traffic – you behave the way you do partly because you know you’ll never see the other drivers again. We all do it.
“To be a happy motorist you have to be realistic. Motoring is all about dealing with other people and yourself.”
Research has provided evidence that 20 mph limits in residential areas are needed to protect children.
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