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Using a phone at the wheel is UK’s most hated driving habit

Published 14 April 2014

Almost half of all drivers (47 per cent) say they can't stand it when they see other motorists using their phone at the wheel, according to a Kwik Fit survey. That makes it the UK’s most hated driving habit, ahead of tailgating (42 per cent) and failing to indicate (35 per cent).

Completing the top five most hated habits is dangerous overtaking (30 per cent) and middle lane cruisers (26 per cent). Driving while using a mobile phone is hated more by older drivers than younger drivers, with 62 per cent of over 65s naming it their most hated habit as opposed to 38 per cent of 18-24-year-olds.  

Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, commented: “These driving habits aren’t just annoying, they are dangerous and some of them against the law. You’re four times more likely to have an accident if you use a mobile while driving2, in addition to the frustration it causes for fellow motorists.

The full table is below. 

This driving habit: …is hated by this proportion of drivers:
Using a mobile handset to talk/text 47%
Tailgating 42%
Failing to indicate 35%
Dangerous overtaking 30%
Middle lane cruisers 26%
Last minute braking 23%
Undertaking 19%
Hesitant driving 12%
Being slow away from traffic lights 12%
Jumping the lights 10%


Monkey tennis    on 15 April 2014

I find it odd that despite being very dangerous/reckless/selfish, that speeding isn't one of the pet hates. There is less tolerance of slow/hesitant driving.
Socially acceptable to speed?

meronzouk    on 22 April 2014

Perhaps it's because there is no correlation between speeding and accident rates.

Graeme Egerton    on 22 April 2014

I can't stand driving past Kwik Fit.

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