Failing to indicate clearly 'most inconsiderate road habit'

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Not indicating clearly has been named the most inconsiderate driving behaviour on UK roads, according to a survey by RAC.


A total of 2,144 drivers were asked to relay their pet peeves about those they share the road with, ranking the most inconsiderate – not to mention dangerous – behaviours they encounter.


Almost six in ten (58%) drivers surveyed said not signalling clearly, or failing to indicate at all, was their top inconsiderate action at the wheel.


Hogging the middle lane of a motorway (56%) and driving too close to the car in front (51%) were close behind.


The top five most despised traits of motorists also consisted of drivers who get notably angry with their fellow road users (46%) and selfish parking, with 45% mentioning those who fail to park between the lines.


Surprisingly, a mere 4% of those polled believed it's likely they could head out for a half-hour drive without encountering any thoughtless driving.


RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said: “There are a variety of behaviours at the wheel that motorists class as being inconsiderate, most of which involve deliberate acts which are blatantly thoughtless, but the top answer of not indicating clearly is probably more due to misunderstanding or forgetfulness.


“The confusion that it can cause is no doubt responsible for; at worst: accidents and at best: needless wasted seconds of waiting only to find out the driver wasn’t really going where you thought they were.


“The biggest example of ‘indicator confusion’ has to be at roundabouts. There seem to be different schools of thought on how to signal at roundabout and very few that follow the rules set out in Rule 186 of the Highway Code. If more of us were to follow the indicating rules, there would probably be fewer bumps at roundabouts.”


Here is the top 10 most annoying motoring behaviour:


1. Not indicating clearly - 58%

2. Hogging the middle lane on a motorway - 56%

3. Not leaving plenty of space behind the car in front - 51%

4. Getting angry with other motorists - 46%

5. Selfish parking - 45%

6. Not thanking other drivers - 43%

7. Not slowing down to pass horses - 34%

8. Speeding - 30%

9. Driving too close to cyclists - 29%

10. Beeping horn in anger - 27%

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