A survey conducted by our sister site, Insure Daily has shed light on some of UK motorists’ worst driving habits.
For those of you who spend a lot of time on Britain’s roads you will no doubt be familiar with most of them, and one of the most common bug bears for many drivers is aggressive driving in all of its forms.
Tailgating, the flashing of headlights, sounding the horn and gesturing angrily are all traits of an aggressive driver, and only 38% of respondents claimed to never exhibit any of these behaviours. In fact, nearly 1 in 5 (19%) of us tailgate regularly, with 10% flashing headlights, sounding the horn or gesturing angrily often.
Cutting up other motorists has been often a common trait amongst British drivers, with 58% of respondents admitting to taking the risk if they are not in the correct lane.
Driven to Distraction
Modern technology is providing more distractions to motorists than ever before, and despite tough laws being in place, 35% of drivers still admitting to taking calls on a handheld mobile phone while driving. That figure rises to 37% for text messaging, and up to 51% for hands-free calls.
However, it isn’t just talking to our friends and family that we aren’t willing to wait for, as we’re also partial to have a snack and a drink while behind the wheel. More than 1 in 4 of us admit to eating or drinking whenever they’re hungry or thirsty, while only 23% never eat or drink while driving.
However, one surprising source of distraction for motorists is each other, as a whopping 81% of us admit to checking out other drivers while behind the wheel.
Need for Speed?
Speeding at one time or another is something most people would probably admit to, so it is surprising that 17% of respondents claim to never speed at all. There are plenty that would though, and 7% of motorists admits to speeding by as much as they can get away with on all roads, including 20 mph zones where there are potentially vulnerable road users present.
Perhaps the most telling statistic, however is that 44% of respondents don’t feel that their bad habits put themselves or anyone else at risk.