The seven deadly sins are committed on the road everyday

5th September 2013

The seven deadly sins of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are well known and impact people in all walks of life on a regular basis.

But, what about on the road? Are motorists guilty of sinning while behind the wheel of a car?

New research conducted by More Than insurance certainly indicates that they are, with many people misbehaving while behind the wheel of the vehicle on a regular basis.

The organisation believes that 2.1 million people are either involved in a collision or narrowly miss one by committing one of the seven deadly sins while on the road.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, wrath came out as the most common sin for motorists, with 89 per cent of the 2,000 people polled admitting to shouting and swearing at other road users or tailgating the car in front until it moves out of the way.

In second spot was slovenliness, as 40 per cent of drivers admitted to being lazy. This often meant jumping into the car for a short journey to the shops or to drop the children off at school.

Many also admitted to being lazy when it comes to vehicle maintenance or waiting until the last possible moment before adding fuel to the vehicle.

Ellen Booth from road safety charity Brake said: “Taking risks on roads, like driving aggressively or allowing yourself to be distracted, is a dangerous business.

“We all use roads, whether it’s when driving, walking or cycling, so having the right attitude to protecting other people is vital."

The sins of pride, envy and lust rounded out the top five committed while behind the wheel of a vehicle, with motorists using their rear view mirror to look at themselves, refusing to ask for directions, taking a dislike to motorists with a better car and kissing a partner while driving all named by those involved in the survey.

Just 14 per cent of drivers admitted to being guilty of greed, which included sins like parking across two bays and speeding through a pedestrian crossing as people waited to cross.

Finally, 11 per cent said gluttony was their sin, as they eat and drink while on the roads and often add more passengers than is allowed.

Ms Booth added: "By making a commitment to being a safe driver, you can play your part in helping to prevent serious crashes which cause appalling pain and suffering.”

The survey comes just a day after a poll revealed UK drivers' top 50 bugbears while on the road, with the failure of other motorists to indicate the top annoyance.

High parking costs, being tailgated even though you're doing the speed limit, potholes in the road and seeing motorists using their phones rounded out the top five.

While these are all legitimate gripes from motorists there were some alternative suggestions such as people who do not give way because they are mean, needing the toilet on a long journey and de-icing the car and getting cold hands.