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INDICATORS, or rather not using them, are one of the chief irritants among road users along with pushing into lanes and parking in multiple bays.

Research by vehicle leasing company, All Car Leasing, found eight in 10 motorists get annoyed on a daily basis by other motorists on the road, with 27% of UK drivers finding those who do not use their indicators to be the biggest annoyance.

 So why is it that people who don’t use their indicators annoy drivers so much?

With so many choosing to not indicate while driving, other drivers don’t know which way they intend to turn at a junction, drive off from a car park space or most importantly for the patient driver waiting at a roundabout for the indication that they can go.

Ultimately, indicating incorrectly or not at all impacts drivers around you – it’s a dangerous rule to ignore and could result in an accident.

The worst culprits for not indicating can be found in Bristol with (40%) of motorists not obliging the highway code followed closely by Sheffield (38%) and Liverpool (36%).

The data also discovered one in five motorists get particularly annoyed when they see another driver using their phone or messing around with their sat nav.

It is illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving which if caught can potentially gain you six penalty points and a £200 fine.

Other annoyances:

Leaving indicators on

Pushing into a lane

Driving too slowly

Parking too close car

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Driving too fast

Parking in multiple bays

Lane hogging

Tail-gating

Not paying attention to a green light

In general, poor parking really infuriates the nation whether it’s a motorist parking too close to your car, or when motorists park in multiple bays, with 1 in 20 people admitting this has caused them to curse at a parked car.

While getting hot under the collar, 15% of people said they wouldn’t report offences caused by other drivers.


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Chris Wright
Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

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