A recent survey by Continental Tyres has revealed which drivers on the road are seen as the safest, most considerate and least annoying.
It’s found that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all believe bus drivers to be the safest drivers on the roads.
In a poll consisting of 1,000 each of car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, but drivers were considered the safest road users by all three groups. But driving for a living doesn’t automatically make you a good driver – van drivers were rated as the least considerate drivers by pedestrians and cars, and the least safe by cyclists.
Not signalling was the most irritating thing that road users could do, according to 7 out of 10 car drivers and 3 out of 5 pedestrians and cyclists.
Also up there on the list of top annoyances was mobile phone use on the road – 74% of lorry drivers, 60% of car driver, 55% of pedestrians and 50% of cyclists agreed checking a phone rather than communicating with other road users was among the worst things you could do.
Taxi drivers didn’t come off particularly well either, being rated the least considerate group by cyclists.
The survey also suggests that road users should walk a mile in each other’s shoes to gain more perspective on considerate driving.
Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: “It is clear that poor communication is at the root of much of the animosity we see on the road. Failing to signal and using mobile phones while on the road makes journeys more difficult for everyone and breeds contempt when we should all be working together for a safer road network.
“It’s incredibly positive that, despite the everyday annoyances people experience, there is a desire to understand how others use the road.
“As identified in the survey, better training and education is being cried out for by road users.”