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Shock figures released today reveal that a rise in people holidaying at home, taking day trips and driving to tourist hotspots has got British motorists hot under the collar. Tailgating, middle-lane hogging and not indicating were named amongst motorists’ top driving annoyances this summer.

These are the findings of research conducted by fuel brand Jet, when it surveyed motorists across the UK about bad driving habits. Asked to highlight their top 10 driving pet hates, tailgating was named by almost three-quarters of motorists as one of their biggest on-the-road annoyances. Around two-thirds cited drivers who don’t indicate, middle-lane hoggers, and motorists who cut others up as major irritations. However, the biggest source of disapproval was reserved for drink-drivers, who featured in 75 per cent of motorists’ top 10 pet hates.

With parking spaces at busy tourist areas always at a premium, it was no surprise that bad parking reared its ugly head, with 53 per cent of those questioned slamming inconsiderate parkers who park over two spaces. Meanwhile, despite the ban on using mobile phones whilst driving, it seems this issue is still as prevalent as ever, with 62 per cent of respondents naming it as one of their top 10 annoyances.

And motorists certainly don’t seem to be taking this lying down, with 86 per cent admitting to suffering form road rage as a result of other drivers’ bad habits. Shouting, gesturing, beeping horns and even ripping off windscreen wipers were listed as UK motorists’ reactions to other bad drivers.

“While it wasn’t the long hot summer that many dreamt of, it appears that, whatever the weather, this doesn’t stop temperatures rising on the nation’s roads,” said Janet Messenger of Jet. “People seem to be getting less and less tolerant of the behaviour and choices of others when it comes to matters of the road. We urge drivers to try and keep cool under the collar to help make the nation’s roads safer for all.”

In an interesting twist, the survey revealed that many drivers slam other road users for bad habits but admit to doing the exact same things themselves. Being impatient, not indicating, parking over two spaces and middle lane hogging were just a few of the bad habits UK drivers claimed to hate but also admitted doing themselves on a regular basis.

The top 10 driving annoyances, voted for by UK motorists, are as follows:
1. Drink-drivers
2. Tailgaters
3. Middle-lane hoggers on the motorway
4. Drivers who don’t indicate
5. Getting cut up
6. Aggressive drivers
7. People who use their mobile whilst driving
8. Inconsiderate parkers who park over two spaces
9. Slow drivers
10. Impatient drivers


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