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Revealed: Top 10 driving annoyances

Road hogs, parking nightmares and texting at the wheel make appearances in the top 10 things that annoy British motorists - according to a survey of 2000 drivers by Kwik-Fit.

But which was voted as the worst thing to grind our gears? 

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Tailgating (56 per cent)

You're merrily driving along and a driver sits right behind you - bumper to bumper - trying to speed you up or get you to move out of the way. If you've experienced this, you aren't alone. Over half of British drivers said tailgating was their biggest grievance. It's also illegal, with offenders liable to three penalty points and a £100 fine.

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Alan Shutt    on 18 August 2017

This would happen less if road users pay attention to the national road speeds. 50 mile an hour in a 60 zone. This type of behaviours is more likely to course frustration to drivers and more likely to course accidents!

Alan Shutt    on 18 August 2017

I was courteous to 2 separate people yesterday, and both people never even bothered to say thank you! Just made me think why did I even bother?

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

I was courteous to 2 separate people yesterday, and both people never even bothered to say thank you! Just made me think why did I even bother?

Its just a fact that thease people do not have any manners or common sense.

Pity there are so many of them around.

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

I was courteous to 2 separate people yesterday, and both people never even bothered to say thank you! Just made me think why did I even bother?

Like I said before No education and thus no manners either.

)bviously no common sense either

Bianconeri    on 18 August 2017

Speed limits are exactly that, they are not "speed targets"

Captain Splash    on 20 August 2017

No it's not a target, but it is the speed deemed acceptable for the road by our nanny state . If people can't drive at the speed limit (in good driving conditions) then they shouldn't be on the road. Yesterday I followed an old dear in KA that was doing 27mph in 60. By the time I managed to pass her I counted 17 cars behind me. Last weekend i had a car pull out from from layby, again on a 60mph road who managed to get up to the heady heights of 35. In my view these drivers are not fit to drive on public roads. Also it is not up to poor drivers to dictate the speed limit.

The other bug bear are what I call "Omni Speed" drivers. They do 37mph no matter what the actual speed limit is. It never ceases to amaze me that these drivers do Omni Speed in a 60 and continue to do it when they got a 30 or a 20.

Richard Tanner    on 21 August 2017

No it's not a target, but it is the speed deemed acceptable for the road by our nanny state .

Out in the countryside the posted speed limit is only safe to drive at if you can see round corners and through hills. Are we no longer recommended to drive at a speed isuch that we can pull up in the distance we can see?

Julius Mach    on 21 August 2017

I try to drive at 30 and 40 when speed limits are 30 and 40. But once speed limits exceed 50 I prefer to drive at 50-55 in order to minimise fuel consumption and pollution. I also do not accelerate faster than necessary and slow down by taking my foot off the go pedal before I reach a 30 limit. All clearly infuriating but legal habits.

anne hall    on 21 August 2017

I detest being delayed by completely unnecessary illuminated speed restrictions on motorways when they've obviously been forgotten to be cancelled.

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

I detest being delayed by completely unnecessary illuminated speed restrictions on motorways when they've obviously been forgotten to be cancelled.

With due respect you have no idea what is up in front, It could be a major traffic accident but you chosse to ignore the sign thus creating even more chaos than already exists. Who are you better to know why the limit is imposed. Do you have some God given sense so that thease limits do not apply to you?

tuk585    on 21 August 2017

I detest being delayed by completely unnecessary illuminated speed restrictions on motorways when they've obviously been forgotten to be cancelled.

With due respect you have no idea what is up in front, It could be a major traffic accident but you chosse to ignore the sign thus creating even more chaos than already exists. Who are you better to know why the limit is imposed. Do you have some God given sense so that thease limits do not apply to you?

"when they've obviously been forgotten to be cancelled." One drives all the way through the restriction and there is nothing. This happens too often and leads to disrespect when there is a valid reason

Davel Lewis    on 21 August 2017

You won't change people's driving habits, and on tailgating it seems that drivers of German manufactured cars are the worst offenders, check it yourself when on the motorways !

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

You won't change people's driving habits, and on tailgating it seems that drivers of German manufactured cars are the worst offenders, check it yourself when on the motorways !

I drive German car and I believe that your comment is total rubbish.

I hate tailgaters as they dont understand distance, breaking times etc

They are a total manace on the road. If anything they make me slow down rather than increase me speed.

angelcyn    on 21 August 2017

Tailgating is an art form in Italy, the first time I drove over there on a motorway and looked in the rear view mirror I thought I had a rear seat passenger he was that close.

Yorksoul1    on 21 August 2017

People in the central & outside lanes when not overtaking perhaps deserve to be tailgated

Maxonian    on 21 August 2017

What dangerous nonsense. No one "deserves" to be tailgated.

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

People in the central & outside lanes when not overtaking perhaps deserve to be tailgated

Its people like you who cause so many of the so called accidents. They are not accidents they are in reality people driving stupidly

DaveWK    on 21 August 2017

People in the central & outside lanes when not overtaking perhaps deserve to be tailgated

"Deserve to be tailgated!"

Hopefully you made the comment in order to stir up some discussion. If I'm doing 75 in the outer lane (never happens) and you try to mate with my exhaust pipe I'll gently reduce speed to the 70mph national speed limit.

Dave archer    on 21 August 2017

The state of some of the comments on here. It's simple - if you are tailgating, YOU are the problem bad driver. Does not matter how slow the vehicle in front of you is going, they are driving more safely than you. A little patience is not a killer. A lack of it is.

Edited by Dave archer on 21/08/2017 at 13:25

Maxonian    on 21 August 2017

Nonsense. Anyone using the phrase nanny state is the one not fit to be on the road. Go to any speed awareness course and they will tell you speed limits are just that not targets. Try the A54 to Buxton from Bosley - 50mph limit but most of the time you would be a fool to do over 40. And most of the time I am tailgated by people in 40mph limit areas wishing to do 50. They overtake dangerously and arrive at the next traffic lights at red as I pull up behind them.

MSD    on 21 August 2017

Sorry, no matter how slow or annoying a driver's speed or chosen lane, none of us has any excuse whatsoever for tailgating. A nervous or inexperienced slow driver ahead could be spooked into making a mistake if a situation arises ahead and the tailgater may not have time to stop if the car in front makes an emergency stop. Plus, what right do we have to annoy or intimidate any driver? To me, tailgating is a sign of a rubbish driver. One of my sons teaches advanced driving techniques and says you should always try to have a good safety zone in front and behind. If someone deprives you of this behind you, the only safe thing you can do (if you can't pull over somewhere to let them pass) is slow down even more, to gain a bigger safety zone - and therefore emergency options. The slower speed could also help to reduce the severity of any impact. However it does carry the risk that an infuriated tailgater may do something even more stupid, like overtaken ng dangerously, but hopefully by then you've got enough room in front to cope with this.

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

With regard to the Not understanding illuminated traffic signal (Indicators) How dumb can some human get??? They are there for everyone's benefit. You used tham when you took your driving test why not used than all the time. And moreover in plenty of time not just 3o seconds before you want to turn off or change lanes. Standard of driving has dropped significantly over the last few years. Or perhaps its just that there are more dumbies driving today. Seems to me that people have less common sense than they did 2o years ago. Illiterate. and just plain stupid applies to so many drivers to day. A little bit a thought would make everyone much safer.
Mobile phone users should be subjuct to £1000-00 fine and barred for a min of 2 years and made to retake their driving test.
Its all common sense and a little bit of patience, It not radical just sensible.
I used to drive between 50000 and 70000 miles each year without any serious problems. thatnk god I dont have to now. Driving standards are abysmal today

DaveWK    on 21 August 2017

I'm seeing more drivers leaving roundabouts and nicely giving a signal as they approach their exit but it's a right turn indicator.

Weird!

Rob Whitmarsh    on 21 August 2017

Drivers of German cars are not significantly worse than any others, it may just seem that way because there are so many of them on our roads.

nickyd    on 21 August 2017

German cars are geared for higher autobahn cruising. They like to stay 'up there' and hate to slow down, especially the diesel variety. The latter take a while to get up to (their) chosen speed.

Mark Hildyard    on 29 August 2017

The latter take a while to get up to (their) chosen speed.

Even the ones that can do a sub-5 secs 60 dash? ;-)

   on 21 August 2017

The driving test should produce a standard of driving ability which require few motoring laws and make road use very safe. Unfortunately the government want the tax revenue provided by letting virtually anybody obtain a driving licence. The driving test is so simplistic that I am amazed there are so many failures. So many factors are ignored in the test e.g hazard perception, risk analysis, knowledge of physics as far as it affects vehicles, mechanical knowledge not to mention common sense and practical ability. Perhaps the Advanced Driver Test should be the minimum standard??

Speed limits have been around since the day of the red flag man which limited cars to walking pace. The 30mph limit has been around for ages but consider the improvement in motor vehicles over the years. A modern Ford Focus could without drama stop from 30mph before the driver of a sit up and beg Ford popular with drum brakes and skinny cross ply tyres had even begun to slow down from applying the brakes at the same time.

Consider this for stupidity - a driver learns to pass the current driving test in a small car. Having passed the test that driver could then buy a Porsche/Ferarri/McLaren etc and drive from Lands End to John O'Groats in very inclement weather. Said driver would probably not get very far before control was lost and any number vehicles involved in the resulting carnage..

Motor cyclists have an engine capacity limit depending on their ability levels. The same sort of thing should apply to motor cars. There are also different standards of skill required by the different classes of HGV and PSV driving.

Remember that rules are for the guidance of the wise and the obedience of fools. Observation has proved to me that there are far to many fools drivingving motor cars.

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

MSD
The most sensible comments I have seen on here. You are right in everything you said

A.Ward    on 21 August 2017

I do NOT blame any driver for parking as the red Citroen above. He has paid thousands of pounds for that car and he does not want it the doors banged by some idiot driver who does not care.
It should be law to have the parking bay width increased. The present width is for old cars from years ago. modern cars are much wider

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

I do NOT blame any driver for parking as the red Citroen above. He has paid thousands of pounds for that car and he does not want it the doors banged by some idiot driver who does not care. It should be law to have the parking bay width increased. The present width is for old cars from years ago. modern cars are much wider

Why are the not more parking bays at a 45 degree angle to the main thoroughfair. Its much easier to get in and get out without taking so much room up manouvering. Just to simple I guess. Just show the level of common sense some of these peple in charge have. Zilch, Zero, None, Nada, Definitely below average intelligence. In other words just like some of the comments on here.

tolabur    on 21 August 2017

I do NOT blame any driver for parking as the red Citroen above. He has paid thousands of pounds for that car and he does not want it the doors banged by some idiot driver who does not care. It should be law to have the parking bay width increased. The present width is for old cars from years ago. modern cars are much wider

Why are the not more parking bays at a 45 degree angle to the main thoroughfair. Its much easier to get in and get out without taking so much room up manouvering. Just to simple I guess. Just show the level of common sense some of these peple in charge have. Zilch, Zero, None, Nada, Definitely below average intelligence. In other words just like some of the comments on here.

Iwannajag    on 21 August 2017

Captain Splash is not too far off the mark regarding 'Omni Speed' drivers. Recently a policeman checking on speeding 'rat-runners' in our small village told me that the 'Omni Speed' of the veteran drivers in this area was 43mph - through the villages, along the A roads, down the motorways, everywhere.

Hinch    on 21 August 2017

Think of us poor souls who tow trailer and are limited to 60 mph when towing and cannot use the offside lane of a three lane motorway. If you are the idiot on lane two doing fifty with a perfectly clear lane one, MOVE OVER and get out of my way!

Maxonian    on 21 August 2017

Why? What's your hurry? Are you moer important than the rest of us?

A.Ward    on 21 August 2017

Every time I look through my rear view mirror and see a tailgater it is almost a young bleached hair female driver ???????

   on 21 August 2017

I admit to sometimes parking in bays without consideration - I have a medium size SUV {a BMW X3) and ost bays are not bif enough to get in and open both doors so I tend to park as far to the left as possible so that I can open drivers door .I once hired a 2 door car never again - the doors are so BIG.

Don1988    on 21 August 2017

I'm just wondering about lack of indication. I admit I've very occasionally forgotten to indicate and end up cursing myself for my oversight.

So when we see someone who hasn't indicated - is it a diver who has had a momentary lapse - or is it a serial offender.

nickyd    on 21 August 2017

I'm sure I've come across founder members of CLOG (Central Lane Owners' Group) many times.
Has anyone else, or is it just me?

Emuf    on 21 August 2017

Omni speed is correct, 37mph all the time but surely that's enough to get caught in a thirty limit? You can get much further at Omni speed, they can be out of sight when you emerge from a thirty limit.
People who hog the middle lane of a three lane motorway and the third lane of a four lane motorway deserve to be tailgated but they don't even know. You are wasting your time. I don't know what the authorities do about it but I've seen them do it for over twenty miles. Surely it must show on the cameras!

Maxonian    on 21 August 2017

I spoke to one once and they said they didn't like having to pull in and come out again when passing a slow lorry. I also think some are in a semi coma with motorway driving. Don't see it.

Police will stop certain centre road hoggers these days.

angelcyn    on 21 August 2017

"Police will stop certain centre road hoggers these days."

Doubtful for that or any other offence, I recntly did a trip to the West countrythree hundred miles in total, not one patrol car was seen, one of the reasons for the total ignorance shown in road behaviour, there are few consequences.

Maxonian    on 21 August 2017

Changing lanes is something I admit to doing sometimes. Normally because lane markings are worn or obscured by an artic. There is no consistency with some inside lanes being left turning only and some outside ones right turning.

What I really hate is those characters who close up on you to prevent you getting in even when you indicate.

KingRat999    on 21 August 2017

Just because the speed may say 60mph doesn't mean you have to drive at 60mph. It means you can drive UP TO 60mph. You should always drive to the conditions. But I agree some drivers are a complete pest and use no common sense at all!

DLDLDL    on 21 August 2017

Driving annoyances

1) Information overload - as on "smart" motorways where you have to watch every overhead gantry in case the speed limit has been changed or the hard shoulder has been opened for "misuse" or re-closed, then watch every driver in every lane because such motorways tend to work as three/four parallel single lane motorways with overtaking and undertaking.
Oh, and watch your speedometer with your fourth eye!

2) Trying to get more road capacity on the cheap by opening the hard shoulder (a.k.a. the emergency stopping/breakdown lane) to "misuse".

3) Two lane motorways that are heavily used by HGVs. I don't blame the HGVs - they bring goods to my region, but for one to overtake another is a major multi-mile operation slowing the entire motorway.

4) Poorly signed bus lanes and similar restrictions that seem to be designed to catch out those not familiar with the town in question.

Other drivers tend not to annoy me!

Jim Mason    on 21 August 2017

I can't believe 53% of drivers get upset about non indication. I estimate fewer than 10% of drivers actually indicate correctly, suggesting that the other 43% are legends in their own minds. I've been a passenger with numerous drivers who think they are good drivers. They simply aren't. Lets face it there are a lot of lazy, poor inconsiderate drivers out there (80% to 90% in my estimation, yes that's you!). When driving I bear this figure in mind and in my own tin pot way it makes me feel somewhat better.

Chris Pepper    on 21 August 2017

Making a turn signal or indicating should not be automatic.
Adding an extra thought process is good driving after careful observation around you and asking yourself " Will any road user around me benefit from my signal " ? If not then don't signal.

Pembroke    on 21 August 2017

My three bugbears are mainly to do with driving in the country. The number of drivers who do not seem to be able to reverse in a straight line for more than a couple of feet is quite surprising. I'd have thought that anyone who lives there for any length of time would have already met their fair share of large trucks and tractors with trailers that are very difficult to reverse in narrow lanes and yet it doesn't seem to be a skill that many posses.

My second is not really driver related and that is the number of other road users who don't think the highway code applies to them because they aren't in a car. When it says "If there isn't a pavement walk facing the oncoming traffic", this is exactly what it means,. Don't walk with the traffic or you will constantly have to look over your shoulder to see what is coming up behind you. If you walk (or jog) facing the traffic you will never be surprised by a vehicle behind you and there is at least a part of the carriageway between you and the vehicle

Finally "speed kills" drive at the speed limit and you'll be safe is a very bad idea in the countryside. A lot of the local lanes are 60 MPH, and in lots of places it's easy to do that, just not round that blind bend you're approaching. Herd of cows, full width combined harvester, tractor with bailing spike. I've encountered all these things round blind bends and you really don't want to encounter any of them at speed.

"drive at a speed you can stop in the distance ahead you can see to be clear", bit of a mouthful but a better mantra than "speed kills".

Neil Plucknett    on 21 August 2017

Add the caveat to all these comments of "if the vehicle is capable of attaining the speed limit".
My personal peeve is those who get irate (being polite) because my vehicles cannot actually achieve 50, let alone 60 or 70. The 1970's Landrover FFR and the UAZ peak out at 40 mph and the 1957 Militant at 30 mph and no amount of screaming or abuse will get them going faster.
Nor will it make them stop any quicker for the m****s that think it amusing to cut in front and slam on their brakes in front of them.
An aspect that seems to be missing from drivers these days is an awareness of vehicle age and the limitations that come with it - things like ABS, TCS etc are recent innovations and age imposes limitations on speed. The older the vehicle as indicated by the registration plate the slower it is likely to be going - so a plate with no Year suffix should be treated with at least a modicum of respect. Not least because if you act the fool and get it wrong the odds on your survival are greatly diminished due to the nature of their construction - crumple zones being another thing of recent years.

Dave Nothard    on 21 August 2017

Can only agree with most of the gripes mentioned, but in addition, I should love to see some signage that remind you to indicate LEFT when exiting a roundabout at your desired junction, and not continue to indicate RIGHT as so many seem to do. It just wastes everyone else's time waiting to see what they might do.

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