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UK’s most irritating driving habits revealed

The research, carried out by car finance provider Zuto, revealed that 84% of drivers find other motorists using their mobile phones whilst on the road the most infuriating trait. An equal 84% of those polled also hate people driving too close to them.

The survey also looked into which elements of driving the UK finds the most difficult – with parking skills seemingly the least likely to be mastered. A total of 14% of those polled admitted to spending only ten minutes looking for an ‘easy’ space to park in before resorting to somewhere ‘restricted’, such as in front of a driveway, while a shocking one in 10 admit to parking within a family spot despite not having children with them.

However, a third (31%) of Brits will spend up to 30 minutes looking for a suitable space to park in.

In general poor parking really infuriates the nation – all drivers can relate to the anger caused by one car taking up two spaces. Following shortly behind are those who get annoyed by drivers parking in the wrong places (64%).

The research also found that over 40% of UK drivers have had a parking ticket at one time or another. Yet drivers in Northern Ireland came out as the worst offenders overall – a massive 60% of the driving population there have received a parking fine at some point.

James Wilkinson, CEO at Zuto, said: “As a nation we are very polite, but that doesn’t stop us secretly getting annoyed at other drivers, and with such poor practices on show it is easy to see why.”



The UK’s 5 worst driving habits:

Poor parking (34%)

Not keeping to the speed limit (29%)

Keeping a safe distance from the car in front (14%)

Going too slowly (14%)

Stopping in a yellow box junction (14%)


Most frustrating driving habits in other drivers:

Driving too close (84%)

Using phone whilst driving (84%)

Not stopping at zebra crossing (72%)

Driving too slowly (71%)

Generally poor parking in spaces (68%)

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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.