Navigating Britain’s roads can be a frustrating and daunting task, especially when faced with the ignorant motorists that plague the UK’s roads, but there’s one bad driving habit that is winding us up more than the rest.
UK motorists have voted tailgating as the most irritating behaviour of Britain’s drivers for six out of seven years.
The seven surveys conducted by the AA across the last 10 years revealed tailgating as the most criticised act, topping six of the seven surveys – falling behind people talking on their phones while driving in 2014.
26 per cent of drivers surveyed in 2017 voted tailgating as the most infuriating part of driving, while people that talk on their phones while driving closely followed with 25 per cent of the votes.
Third place was snatched by middle lane hogging with 23 per cent, while motorists that cut across lanes to exit a motorway at the last second, known as swooping, took 10 per cent.
The final top five place was given to drivers that overtake on the inside, cutting up another vehicle on the inside lane of a dual carriageway or motorway.
Might be annoying but it’s also illegal
Mobile phone driving laws were first enacted in December 2003, since then the penalties for using your mobile while driving have dramatically increased. All offenders can now expect a minimum of six penalty points the prospect of a £200, while newly qualified drivers could be instantly banned and forced to retake their test.
Tailgating and lane hogging were also deemed an offence by the Government in 2013, giving police power to issue on the spot fines for careless driving. The Highway Code, Rule 264, clearly states ‘You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.’
Drivers caught speeding will also face new fines. Speeding fines are now based on a percentage of the offender’s weekly income, meaning a driver caught speeding up to 20mph over the speed limit could be hit with a fine of up to 125% of their weekly income, as well as up to six penalty points and a possible disqualification.