Research published by the AA has shown that the majority of drivers in the UK have one bugbear that annoys them more about other drivers than anything else – driving too fast.
According to a survey carried out by the breakdown recovery specialist, nearly three quarters of Britain's road users – 73 per cent – believe that other drivers are always in a hurry to get somewhere and are not considerate of their fellow motorists as a result.
“Courtesy to all road users is at the heart of the Highway Code and in how we teach young learners to act behind the wheel," said Edmund King, AA president.
“The fact so many drivers prize greater courtesy on the roads shows that we are probably all falling a bit short at the moment."
When asked what they would most like to see in other road users, 94 per cent of respondents to the AA survey said that it would be fantastic if other drivers would be more courteous on the road.
In reality, though, only 16 per cent said they felt others had become more courteous towards fellow road users in the past year, showing that more needs to be done.
However, when it comes to self perception, drivers rate themselves a lot better. Some 44 per cent believe that they have personally become better mannered and shown more courtesy to other motorists in the past 12 months.
Young drivers were also the most likely to believe that they had improved their manners, with 58 per cent of people aged between 18 and 24 saying that they had become more courteous in the past year.
Showing courtesy to fellow road users should always be paramount for British drivers when it comes to staying safe on the road. Keeping a safe distance behind other cars for the weather conditions, for example, and not rushing can ensure the number of rear end bumps is minimised.
Making sure your car is in a good state of health with a full vehicle safety check can also help keep yourself and others safe.
Posted by Danielle Barge