A study conducted by YouGov surveyed some 2500 drivers to find out the most annoying driving practices by UK drivers. The study found that tailgating, a dangerous behaviour of suddenly braking in traffic, has been ranked as the most irking habit on UK roads.
Most drivers complained that tailgating is the most dangerous, not to mention irritating driving practice, since it gives very little time for the driver behind to think fast and avoid collision.
Other annoying habits included lack of indication, hogging middle lanes, reckless overtaking/cutting up and of course, the universal malady of attention deficiency.
Curiously, YouGov also revealed that rudeness on roads by not thanking drivers who give way is another major factor of annoyance, notching a 44% vote on most annoying behaviour.
However, Sue Longthorn, MD of a reputed motor insurance company explains that such incidents are far more than simply a disturbance. “There could be other consequences, as if the police catch you, convictions for dangerous or careless driving can range from three penalty points on your licence to two years in jail.”
However, the threat of serving time in the gaols has no effect on most drivers, who commit such infractions on a routine basis.
This survey did little to repudiate the general perception that UK’s roads are fast becoming scenes of reckless and injurious driving.
Most think tanks and government-based advisory agencies believe that steering clear of such habits will help one attain cheap car insurance as well as minimal penalty points or fines on the roads.
One could also try buying certain cars that provide cheap car insurance. At present, most young drivers opt for the Ford KA2, a car that comes with a guaranteed thrifty car insurance premium.
You should also take pains to ensure that you’re well-acquainted with your car insurance policy. You can easily check up on it by viewing your record on the Motor Insurance Database (MID), which is also used by the DVLA and Police.