Why you’re cruising for a bruising if you don’t use your indicators
A study of the most common road rage triggers, conducted by Car Finance 2 Go, has found that many more British drivers are enraged by people who don’t indicate than by any other driving faux pas.
1,002 Brits were asked what really grinds their gears – and a massive 34% of participants cited not indicating as their ultimate pet hate – while only 16% consider speeding drivers the worst offenders on the road.
This comes at a critical time for British motorists, following the Independent’s report earlier this year that road deaths were set to rise for a third consecutive quarter.
After a five-year decrease in traffic police budgets, this sudden spike in those killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the road looks like the culmination of this budget cut – and with lazy indicators becoming the primary target of UK road rage, safety appears to be on the British agenda.
Data revealed in this study suggests there might be a connection between where you live and how you drive.
According to data found in this survey, city drivers are the main offenders, with 44% of urban dwellers declaring war on non-indicators, compared with 29% in the suburbs and 19% of those living in rural areas.
And there’s more – the data also seems to show that higher earners take indicating particularly seriously.
While only 23% of those earning up to £24,999 a year expressed anger at drivers who don’t indicate, this percentage shoots to 50% for people bringing in between £50k and £74,999 - and a majority of 60% for high earners making over £150k per annum.
Long considered the scourge of drivers across Britain, cyclists came off relatively squeaky clean with a negligible 9% of the votes.
Proving a less popular road rage trigger than non-indicators, speeders, slow drivers and rush hour traffic, this study suggests that bike-lovers might not deserve their unflattering on-road rep.
A total of 13 cyclists were killed on London’s roads in 2014, according to the BBC – and 8 have already died on the capital’s roads so far this year – while forward-thinking new schemes are being implemented in other parts of the world to protect the cycling masses.
Other popular answers from this study included rush hour traffic, with 19% of men declaring this their greatest road rage trigger – versus only 15% of women surveyed.
Men aged 35-44 were the biggest victims of rush hour rage, showing the least patience when it comes to the early morning car queues.
Back-seat drivers came off best, as the least popular option of the bunch with only 4% of the votes. Unsurprisingly, 18-24 year olds were the most bothered by this on-road epidemic –likely the result of unwanted driving support from their more experienced passengers.
What drivers hate most:
· Drivers who don’t indicate: 34.30%
· Speeding drivers: 16.65%
· Rush hour traffic: 5.44%
· Driving too slowly: 15.02%
· Cyclists: 9.10%
· Bad parking: 5.10%
· Back-seat drivers: 4.39%