‘Dangerous’ tailgaters voted UK’s most hated drivers as traffic cop dearth slammed

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 14:30
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HATED: Do you despise tailgating?

Tailgating and failing to indicate are the most despised driving habits among UK road users, a study by GEM Motoring Assist has revealed.

In a survey to find out what irritates motorists, a massive two-thirds of drivers hate being tailgated most.

Drivers listed not indicating before turning as the second-worst driving practice, while a lack of proper motorway lane use was voted third worst.

GEM claim the absence of punishment for such misdemeanours is just as frustrating as the habits themselves, blaming a lack of traffic police presence.

David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM, 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 ten motoring misbehaviours are:

  1. Vehicles driving too close behind your car
  2. Drivers not indicating before making a turn
  3. Drivers not practicing 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/ dual carriageways
  7. Drivers not thanking you for letting them through/ letting them pass
  8. Motorists not letting you in and preventing you from moving/ 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

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