Out of all the myriad behaviours exhibited by the nation’s drivers, a new survey commissioned by one of the largest car insurance companies in the UK has found that tailgating is the one thing that drives British motorists absolutely mad.
Commissioning YouGov to conduct a survey of 2,500 motorists, discount car insurance specialist Admiral discovered that the most maddening thing drivers experience was someone tailgating them, with nearly eight out of every ten drivers (79 per cent) finding the practice infuriating. Following close behind at 70 per cent of motorists was neglecting to indicate, while 64 per cent found both not paying attention and cutting up annoying to the extreme.
Other irritating behaviours were found to be hogging the middle lane, with 55 per cent of respondents listing it as their top choice, while not driving fast enough drove 52 per cent of drivers mad. Other motorists not thanking you after you give way, excessive speed, and racing at junctions at traffic lights rounded out the annoyances, at 44 per cent, 30 per cent, and 22 per cent respectively.
Sue Longthorn, managing director for the motor car insurance company, remarked that it’s no surprise to see how much tailgating maddens motorists, as it is an incredibly dangerous practice. Leaving too little room between your car and the car in front of you could prove catastrophic in the event of the leading car braking suddenly, Ms Longthorn said, as you may not have sufficient time to react and thus cause an accident.
Some particularly aggressive drivers may think it’s completely acceptable behaviour to act intimidating to the motorist in front of them by seemingly trying to crawl up into the lead vehicle’s boot, but the managing director denounced such actions as completely and wholly unacceptable, as well as irresponsible and thoroughly dangerous.