Tailgating named most irritating driving habit

Tailgating named most irritating driving habit

Tailgating and using a mobile phone have been named the most annoying driving habits in a survey of AA members.

The motoring organisation has conducted the same survey every year since 2008, and tailgating has topped the list of irritating habits for six out of the past seven years. Similarly, talking on a mobile phone has consistently come second, except in 2014 when it came out on top.

This year's list of drivers' pet hates looks like this:

1. Tailgating (26%)

2. Talking on a mobile (25%)

3. Middle lane hogging (23%)

4. Swooping (cutting across lanes to leave a motorway at the last minute) (10%)

5. Overtaking on the inside (7%)

6. Driving slowly (3%), speeding (3%) or littering (3%)

In August 2013 the police gained new powers to issue fixed penalty notices for careless driving, giving them greater flexibility in dealing with issues such as tailgating or middle lane hogging. However, according to the AA, since then 8,000 people have been issued a ticket for careless driving whereas over 55,000 tickets have been issued to people for not wearing a seatbelt.

Jack Cousens, AA public affairs officer, said: "Tailgating and hogging the middle lane is not only annoying but dangerous. Drivers across the country are so fed up that they feel more police officers are needed to help control the situation.

"Unfortunately the number of specialist traffic officers has been cut since 2005, which has meant the new police powers introduced three and a half years ago have had a limited impact."

Cousens warned drivers not to get distracted by the behaviour of other motorists.

"Getting frustrated by the selfish, inconsiderate behaviour of others could cause you to make a mistake," he said. "Try to stay calm and focus on your own driving."

What annoys you most about other drivers on the road?


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Posted 18 May 2017 by Jodie Salter

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