Naphtalia Loderick, 24 Oct, 2014
We asked you which bad driving habits bug – and you responded in your thousands, with tailgating and failing to indicate topping the list.
Three times in the past week I’ve been held up by a car when attempting to cross the road at a junction.
Held up in that I’ve had to pause at the kerb trying to figure out whether the car’s going to continue straight ahead or turn left or right.
Of course, if the driver had bothered to indicate I would know what way he – or she – was going and whether I could cross safely or not.
But maybe the driver had wrist-ache and just… couldn’t… quite… move his – or her – hand that extra couple of inches to flick the indicator stalk up or down.
Failing to indicate irritates
You see, it’s easy to forget that it’s not only motorists who suffer when the car in front fails to indicate.
It affects us pedestrians too.
So it’s little surprise that lack of signals is the nation’s second most-hated motoring habit, just behind tailgating.
Now, we’ve covered tailgating before so we’ll leave that for now – but if you want to read more on tailgating click here.
But failing to indicate is another bugbear, and one that also drives (pun intended) Confused.com’s head of car insurance Gemma Stanbury mad.
Assumption other road users are psychic
Stanbury says: “Some drivers just seem to assume that others on the road are psychic and NEVER indicate.
“At motorway speeds this isn’t just irritating: it’s insanely dangerous.
“This is especially the case in situations where you have an inside-lane driver and an outside-lane driver moving into the middle lane, neither indicating.
“Then there’s parking. Many times I’ve pulled up on a road next to a car with a space behind so I can reverse into it, indicating my intentions with plenty of time, I might add.
“Yet the car behind me has stopped so close to me they’re blocking the parking space. That’s happened to me three times in a row recently on a local road.”
Top 10 bad driving habits
We asked Confused.com customers which bad driving habits bug you – and you responded in your thousands.
Of the more than 4,000 respondents from across the UK, tailgating, failing to indicate and hogging the middle-lane were voted the most-hated motoring habits.
1. Tailgating 29%
2. Failing to indicate 28%
3. Hogging the middle lane 16%
4. Dangerous overtaking 11%
5. Hogging the outside lane 4%
6. Jumping traffic lights 3%
7. Undertaking 3%
8. Being slow away from traffic lights 3%
9. Hesitant braking 2%
10. Last-minute braking 1%