Going out for a drive is meant to be a relaxing experience, but even the most patient of drivers aren’t immune to a spot of road rage.
The smallest of actions can transform a calm person into a hot-headed driver, with new research revealing the top 10 habits which infuriate British drivers the most.
Tailgating topped the list as the most annoying driving habit to have to deal with on the road, with almost three in five motorists (58 per cent) finding it irritating, according to TeamSport Indoor Karting.
The UK’s largest karting operator conducted a survey of 1,000 British drivers to reveal the habits which grind our gears the most.
Drivers who fail to indicate was found be a close second, with 50 per cent of respondents finding it an annoying habit, closely followed by people who leave their full beam headlights on despite oncoming traffic.
The top 10 most annoying driving habits
- Tailgating – 58%
- Not indicating – 50%
- Leaving full-beam headlights on – 43%
- Someone cutting in just in front of you – 40%
- Someone parking across two spaces – 40%
- Not being thanked for letting someone out – 38%
- Middle lane hogging – 35%
- Late braking – 30%
- Someone not letting you out – 29%
- Undertaking – 27%
However, despite so many drivers finding these habits annoying, a significant number of Brits admit that they are guilty of committing the acts themselves.
One in five (20 per cent) drivers admit to tailgating, while almost a third (31 per cent) said that they sometimes don’t indicate.
Younger drivers most annoying
Younger drivers were revealed to be the most frustrating for other motorists behind the wheel, with irritating behaviours found to grow less common with age.
A huge 85 per cent of 18 to 34 year olds admitted to committing at least one of the top 10 most annoying habits, while this figure dropped to 79 per cent among 35 to 54s and just 68 per cent among the over 55s.
Between genders, men and women were found to be equally annoying while behind the wheel, with 77 per cent of both sexes admitting to being guilty of at least one of the habits.
With so many drivers performing these irritating habits on a regular basis, it’s unsurprising that road rage is rife on British roads.
A total of 70 per cent of motorists admitted to experiencing road rage at least once a week, while nearly a quarter (23 per cent) find themselves on the receiving end of it three of more times in the same period.
Worst offenders for bad driving
The research also revealed Manchester to be the home of the UK’s most annoying drivers, with 85 per cent of its road-users admitting to doing at least one of the top most annoying habits.
Motorists in the city were found to be the worst offenders for tailgating and undertaking, causing 81 per cent of drivers to experience road rage at least once a week.
London came in at second place, with its busy roads and traffic chaos bringing out the worst of its drivers.
Leeds and Southampton were named as joint third, with 80 per cent of drivers confessing to one or more of the annoying habits, and Nottingham completed the list of the top five worst cities for road rage.