Wound-up women riled by bad driving habits

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New research from motoring.co.uk has revealed that women get more annoyed than men while behind the wheel.

A survey by http://www.motoring.co.uk shows that female drivers are far more easily irritated by fellow motorists’ bad driving habits, in comparison to their male counterparts.

More than 350 people took part in the survey which asked drivers to give common bad driving habits a score between one (not annoying) and five (very annoying). The list of practices included tail-gating, driving too slow, hogging the middle lane on the motorway, and taking up two parking spaces.

Women were found to be more highly annoyed by every habit listed on the survey, at an average of 4.16, while men came in at an average of 3.91.

Overall, with the results of both sexes combined, tail-gating was deemed the most annoying driving trait, with a score of 4.35 out of five. This was followed by middle-lane hogging (4.33) and being cut up by another car (4.29). Drivers using their phones while driving came in at fourth (4.22), with people signalling late, or not signalling at all, ranking fifth (4.18). Out of the ten habits listed, motorists were least annoyed at people driving too fast (3.24).

Women were most annoyed by fellow drivers tail-gating their cars (4.63) closely followed by being cut up (4.58). However, men were most irritated by middle-lane hogging (4.33), with tail-gating in second place (4.31).

In terms of age range, 26-30 year olds were the most annoyed group with a score of 4.02. The 60+ group ranked second (3.96). The most passive group proved to be the 50-59 year olds with 3.91.

When comparing age range to each particular habit, 26-30 year olds top scored again with 4.73 for middle-lane hogging, while the lowest score overall was 2.94 from the 19-25 year olds for going too fast.

Terry Hogan, managing director at motoring.co.uk, said: “Driving surveys always produce interesting results and this study proves no different. There has been a raging debate for years as to whether men or women make better drivers, so to see that women top this poll is fascinating, especially as they scored higher in each one of the ten categories. We all get annoyed when we are the victims of bad driving habits, so hopefully our survey will go a little way towards making people realise when they are acting irresponsibly.”

Notes to Editors

For more information on the survey, visit: http://www.motoring.co.uk/car-news/motoring-co-uk-survey-finds-out-what-driving-habits-most-annoy-you_49167

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Email: karenh (at) thedrumconsultancy (dot) co (dot) uk

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