Boy racers and drivers who don’t say thanks when you’ve let them out are the two most annoying types of road user for British motorists, according to an AA/Autocar survey that shows there’s a need for better manners on the UK’s roads.
Boy racers are the most annoying, with 42 per cent of UK drivers naming them as their number one irritation, but 41 per cent of those surveyed named drivers who don’t say thanks as the type they most dislike.
AA president Edmund King said, “Many drivers do thank others who let them out, but 37 per cent of male drivers and 46 per cent of female drivers still find it a major irritation. It does not take much to let someone into the queue of traffic or to acknowledge them.”
The survey was undertaken for the Autocar/AA Drive Better campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the standard of driving in the UK. The campaign believes an increase in politeness would help to make the UK’s roads a safer and more pleasant environment.
Autocar editor Chas Hallett said, “Personal transport is hugely important to all of us, but we need to make our roads better and safer places to be. Being nicer to other drivers and acknowledging their existence calms everyone down.”