The UK on the Road – Driving Habits Revealed

There are plenty of drivers out there and some are better than others. No matter how safely we drive, there’s always someone bending the rules and putting everyone else at risk.

We wanted to find out the details regarding people’s views on the road – not just truck drivers – to find out exactly what it is that makes UK drivers tick. What makes a driver trustworthy? Is it their gender? The type of vehicle they have? Would a bumper sticker make you think the car owner isn’t to be trusted behind the wheel?Road Rage

We whittled down a list of most hated driving habits down to five and asked the public which they could stand the least.

  • The most hated habit was using a mobile phone whilst driving – this took just over half of the total vote.
  • In second place was incorrect or no signalling, which was the main gripe of 29% of those surveyed.
  • Applying make-up behind the wheel irritated 9% of drivers the most.
  • Loud music was the second least-hated habit, taking only 8% of the vote.
  • In last place was seeing drivers attempting to program their Sat Nav whilst behind the wheel.

The most trusted vehicle on the road was a car, with the least trusted being a van.

  • A massive 43% most trusted cars
  • 31% trusted buses the most
  • Motorbikes were second, snagging 12% of the vote
  • Lorries were second last, with only 8% of the vote
  • Vans came in last, with only 5% trusting them most

A bus is the second most trusted vehicle on the road, with 31% of the vote. The bus is most trusted by those aged 65 and over.

More men trusted motorbikes and lorries than women, but women were more likely to trust vans on the road.

All about the appearance

You wouldn’t have thought there was much in a colour – but our survey found that people were most likely to trust the drivers of silver cars – 27%, in fact. The least trusted was red, with only 14% of the vote.

Some of those surveyed believe that a certain type of bumper sticker denotes an untrustworthy driver:tazmanian devil

  • 30% of people thought that having a Tasmanian Devil bumper sticker denotes a bad driver – this vote was more or less unanimous between male and female respondents.
  • 21% thought that if the driver in front of you has a ‘My Other Car’s a Porsche’ sticker on their bumper, you need to keep away
  • 20% thought ‘Babe on Board’ means ‘bad driver on board’.
  • 15% weren’t keen on the sticker ‘Powered by Fairy Dust’
  • Finally, only 13% thought that ‘Dad’s Taxi’ would signify an irresponsible driver.

When it comes to modifications, sometimes pimping your ride can make you look like a bad driver, according to some of our respondents, although there wasn’t that much to choose from as far as the percentages went.

  • 28% said that a modified exhaust system is a sure-fire way of guessing that someone is a bad driver.
  • 26% said that tinted windows hid someone irresponsible behind the wheel.
  • The lowering of a vehicle was what made 19% of people nervous
  • 16% didn’t rate strip lighting
  • Only 11% singled out a modified body kit as a reason to steer clear of that particular driver.

It’s an age thing

Maybe those in a certain age group are more likely to be a liability on the road? Most of those surveyed thought so.

  • The most trusted age group by a long shot was 44-60, with 43% of the vote
  • In second place was the one below, 35-43, with 28% of the vote
  • Third came 26-34 with only 11% of the vote
  • People were very unlikely to trust 17-25 year olds, with only 9% saying so.
  • The least trusted age group was 61+, with 7% of the vote.

Only 7% of 61+ year olds trusted their own age bracket when it came to driving!

Road rage can be dangerous – when you’re really riled, perhaps because of some of those bad driving habits mentioned above, you can lose your concentration and cause an accident. So which age bracket is most likely to get angry?

  • 24% of those surveyed said the last time they had seem someone in the grips of road rage, they were in the 26-34 age bracket
  • Only one per cent less thought that 17-25 year olds were liable to road rage
  • 21% said the last time they’d seen someone flip out behind the wheel, the driver was 35-43
  • Another 21% said it was 44-60 year olds they’d seen get angry.
  • In last place, only 10% of those surveyed had seen someone above the age of 61 suffer from road rage.

Did our results surprise you? Let us know what bad habits you’ve seen on the road before.


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