According to a survey by YourParkingSpace, British drivers detest nothing more than fellow drivers who don’t indicate while making turns or shifting lanes. The only other bad habit which is nearly detested as much as not indicating is the tendency to talk on the phone while driving. The extensive study which was conducted on 1,028 British drivers, divided into equal number of men and women revealed quite a few details regarding the bad habits of British motorists and how they affect others on the road with them.
The Problems and the Percentages
On the basis of this report, it was established that 72% of the survey participants, irrespective of their sex or location, found drivers who did not use their blinkers properly to be the most irritating problem on British roads. Not to be outdone, talking on one’s cell phone while driving turned out to be the second most annoying factor with 71% people claiming it to be one of the top reasons for road rage. Bad parking (56%), getting stuck in traffic (52%), slow driving (42%) and lack of a suitable parking spot (40%) turned out to be the other most frustrating aspects and problems that British drivers face on a daily basis.
A pattern was observed where more male drivers found slow driving to be a cause for frustration than female drivers. In case of all the other issues though, there wasn’t a significant difference in opinion between male and female drivers to indicate any other similar patterns.
The Parking Issue
In addition to 40% of drivers complaining about not finding a place to park their car, apparently, the high parking fees are a problem as well. 48% of the participants said that they found the parking charges in their locality to be too expensive, while about 29% of the population claimed that the parking fees near where they lived can be deemed reasonable. However, 23% also explained that parking is basically free near them.
The difference in opinion is a result of the geographical distance in-between the participants. For example, 40% or more of the English participants believed the parking charges to be more expensive than they should be; indicating a pattern that parking fees in England are higher. At the same time, 33% of Scottish participants shared the fact that they mostly enjoy free parking, which is a direct result of the fact that the number of free parking spaces in Scotland is the highest in the United Kingdom.
As said by Harrison Woods, the Managing Director of YourParkingSpace; talking on the phone while driving is as dangerous as it is irritating, not to mention against the law as well. Making turns or shifting lanes without indicating can also spell disaster for both the offender as well as any car behind him/her. There are laws to discourage people from engaging in such practices, but unfortunately, not everyone listens to those laws.
The study is an interesting one which gives us a close look at the most common reasons for road rage in Britain. It also highlights one of the main reasons for frustration in UK; the steep parking fees and sometimes, simply the lack of parking spots. For more information click here.