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Seven out of 10 road users consider mobiles 'pet hate'

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A survey by Warrantywise shows mobile phone use is the UK's biggest pet hate when on the road.

Almost 70% of those surveyed stated that drivers using their mobile phones was one of the most annoying habits.

Almost half of those questioned also stated that potholes were a major cause of annoyance, with a further 60% of respondents quoting over/undertaking as a major frustration. A third admitted that drivers who do not indicate properly were a main source of infuriation for them, whilst 50% admitted ‘Boy Racers’ as a pet hate that gave them a large amount of displeasure on the road.

Cyclists seemed to come out quite favourably overall. Half of respondents said that cyclists on the road were only a minor inconvenience. 40% of people stated the same about pedestrians.

In order, the top five worst issues were as follows:

1.       Mobile Phone Users

2.       Potholes

3.       Overtakers/Undertakers

4.       Tailgating

5.       ‘Boy Racers’

Richard Hodges, of Warrantywise said: “We’re relieved that so many people consider mobile phones a major source of frustration. People that use phones whilst driving provide a clear and definite danger to other road users and we’re glad this survey highlights that a great many UK drivers also take this view.”

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