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Research reveals Brits’ 10 worst driving habits

Nearly two-third of UK drivers admit to speeding with a similar number texting behind the wheel, according to new research that identifies the top 10 driving bad habits of British drivers.

Driver using mobile phone

A total of 60% of drivers admit to texting behind the wheel, find The Fuelcard Company research

Carried out by The Fuelcard Company, the study questioned 1,000 drivers across the UK and found many drivers have acquired potentially dangerous driving habits:

  1. Going too fast (64%)
  2. Texting while driving (60%)
  3. Using the phone or hands-free (57%)
  4. Eating at the wheel (54%)
  5. Driving too close to other vehicles (52%)
  6. Throwing rubbish out of the window (51%)
  7. Going too slow (50%)
  8. Smoking behind the wheel (48%)
  9. Hogging the middle lane (47%)
  10. Checking phone notifications (46%)

Interestingly, more than a third of drivers claim to only practise these bad habits when they are in their car alone. However, despite confessing to exhibiting some of these bad behaviours, more than one-in-four (27%) of UK drivers claim to be the best driver they know and 37% say they are a better driver than their partner.

The report also asked drivers about road rage with 38% admitting they felt they suffered from it. Almost a third of the drivers said they had seen a vehicle being cut up, more than a fifth (20.2%) stated they had seen someone get out of a car to threaten another driver and worse still 7% had actually witnessed a car ‘ram’ another vehicle.

The Fuelcard Company has also created an interactive online calculator which generates an individual’s driving statistics since they got their licence and identifies their driving persona. Try it out here: www.fuelcards.co.uk/what-type-of-driver

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.