Top 10 bad habits which drive motorists up wall

Tailgating and not indicating are the most despised driving habits among UK road-users, but GEM says that the lack of punishment for motoring misdemeanour’s can be just as frustrating.

GEM Motoring Assist surveyed UK drivers to find out what irritates them most when it comes to other motorists’ bad habits. They found two out of three most hate being tailgated while not indicating before turning came second in the worst driving practices, and a lack of proper motorway lane use was third.

Road-safety champion and breakdown cover company GEM is concerned that these types of pet hates often go unpunished.

GEM’s chief executive David Williams said: “Without enough traffic police officers addressing habits such as tailgating and not indicating, bad driving practice is seemingly starting to become more common.

“Even though minor motoring misbehaviour seems less serious than certain other driving offences, it can be as equally dangerous. Although it is the role of the traffic police to enforce punishments, it is up to us all as road-users to ensure that we ourselves avoid poor driving practice.”

The top 10 motoring misbehaviours
are:
■ 1 Vehicles driving too close behind
your car.
■ 2 Drivers not indicating before
making a turn.
■ 3 Drivers not practising proper
motorway lane use.
■ 4 Other road-users cutting in and
reducing the gap between you and
the vehicle in front.
■ 5 Motorists driving well below the
applicable speed limit.
■ 6 Lorries slowly overtaking other
vehicles on motorways and dualcarriageways.
■ 7 Drivers not thanking you for
letting them through or pass.
■ 8 Motorists not letting you in and
preventing you from moving and
joining lanes.
■ 9 Road-users honking their horn
at you if you change your mind
about lane position, or make a minor
error.
■ 10 Drivers taking the parking
space that you had indicated
towards.

Source Evening News- 27/09/2013 Drive24 supplement

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