Failing to indicate in time annoys British motorists more than anything else according poll of motorists by RAC Insurance.
Nearly six in 10 of the 2,100 drivers surveyed said not signalling clearly or not bothering at all was the most inconsiderate behaviour on the road ahead of hogging the middle lane of the motorway and tail-gating.
RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said: “There are a variety of behaviours at the wheel that motorists class as being inconsiderate, most of which involve deliberate acts which are blatantly thoughtless, but the top answer of ‘not indicating clearly’ is probably more due to misunderstanding or forgetfulness.
“The confusion that it can cause is no doubt responsible for, at worst: accidents and at best: needless wasted seconds of waiting only to find out the driver wasn’t really going where you thought they were. The biggest example of ‘indicator confusion’ has to be at roundabouts. There seem to be different schools of thought on how to signal at roundabout and very few that follow the rules set out in Rule 186 of the Highway Code. If more of us were to follow the indicating rules there would probably be fewer bumps at roundabouts.”
Every driver polled by RAC Insurance thought it was important to show consideration for other road users but nearly 46% didn’t know that ‘being considerate’ is in the Highway Code.
On learning that the Highway Code states: ‘Be considerate. Be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users, especially those requiring extra care’, nearly two-thirds 64% said ‘most drivers need to re-read it’.
|Rank||Which do you think are the most inconsiderate driving behaviours?||Percentage|
|1||Not indicating clearly||58%|
|2||Hogging the middle lane on a motorway||56%|
|3||Not leaving plenty of distance behind the car in front||51%|
|4||Getting angry with other motorists||46%|
|5||Selfish parking – not parking between lines||45%|
|6||Not saying thank you to other drivers for letting them out of a junction / giving way to them||43%|
|7||Not slowing down when passing horses||34%|
|8||Not adhering to speed limits||30%|
|9||Not giving cyclists plenty of space||29%|
|10||Using the horn in anger||27%|