Research by Kwik Fit reveals using a mobile handset while driving is the nation’s number one bugbear on the road, as cited by 47% of UK motorists questioned.
Tailgating, previously the number one most hated habit among motorists when Kwik Fit conducted the study in 2010, now takes second place, cited by 42% of drivers as their motoring pet hate. Failing to indicate (35%), dangerous over-taking (30%) and middle lane cruisers (26%) complete the top five.
Drivers using their phone appears to be more of a nuisance to older motorists than younger ones, with 62% of over 65s citing this as their main motoring complaint, compared to just 38% of those aged 18-24.
Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, said: "These driving habits aren’t just annoying, they are dangerous and some of them against the law. You’re four times more likely to have an accident if you use a mobile while driving, in addition to the frustration it causes for fellow motorists.
"And with on-the-spot penalties for motorists who hog the middle lane, tailgate or cut up other vehicles being introduced last year, it highlights just how serious these anti-social driving behaviours are being taken."
Britain's top 10 most hated friving habits
|Using a mobile handset to talk/text||47%|
|Failing to indicate||35%|
|Middle lane cruisers||26%|
|Last minute braking||23%|
|Being slow away from traffic lights||12%|
|Jumping the lights||10%|