Here are the 12 most hated bad driving habits
Are you guilty of doing any of these before?
UK drivers are considered some of the best in the world but no one is perfect, and sometimes the driving can be appauling. Car insurance company Confused.com has put a list together of the 12 most hated bad driving habits which anger road users.
Careless driving is defined in the Highway Code as being three main things: Driving dangerously, driving without due care and attention, and driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.
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Here are the 12 most hated bad driving habits:
Tailgating is probably more annoying than anything else, but it is also extremely dangerous. Following someone close behind at high or low speed can end up in a nasty little accident. The act of putting pressure on other drivers by tailgating makes this incredibly frustrating for other road users.
Middle lane hogging
Hogging the middle lane of a motorway is like cherry picking the muesli – it's greedy and everyone hates you for it.
Driving in the middle lane rather than moving over to the left lane could cause a huge tailback on motorways which in turn, angers other road users. This also comes with a £100 fine and three points on your licence because it breaches Part 264 of the Highway Code.
Hogging the outside lane
Like the one above, hogging the outside lane is also incredibly annoying to other road users as it could mean others can't get passed you if they want to. This could also cause serious tailbacks and encourage cars to undertake which is also wrong. It’s also a breach of Part 264 of the Highway Code.
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If someone is hogging the outside lane, then the only way to get passed them would be to undertake which is incredibly dangerous. It isn't illegal but it puts other drivers at risk as it isn't something you are supposed to do.
Driving with headlights on full-beam
This too is not illegal, but it can dazzle other drivers and lead to accidents. It can be dangerous both to other drivers, and to the person leaving full-beam on, as an oncoming vehicle could swerve into their path.
Failing to indicate
Not indicating is something we often joke about with BMW drivers, but it is actualy a very serious matter. Failing to indicate when changing lanes, merging onto a motorway, turning corner, and signalling on a roundabout can cause huge incidents.
On the other hand, indicating doesn’t give motorists the right to act, it just shows an intention – meaning you can't force your way into traffic just because your indicators are on. And don’t forget you still need to give way to pedestrians who might be crossing.
Jumping traffic lights
Billy Ocean once said 'red light spells danger' and it certainly can if you jump one in a car. Not only is it illegal, but if you do it, you run the risk of getting a minimum of three points and a £100 fine.
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Moving away slowly from traffic lights
This isn't illegal but has beeen proven to annoy other drivers behind you, especially when only one or two cars manage to cross before the lights change to red again.
Also, it could be dangerous. A frustrated driver following the snail-like car might look for an opportunity to overtake when it’s not safe to do so.
Braking at the last minute or brake-checking someone can be very dangerous – you should only do it if a child runs across the road for example and you need to stop quickly.
This type of driving is an offence that could result in points on your licence, an unlimited fine, or even up to two-years in prison.
Blocking the road can turn someones rather good day into a terrible one. Blocking roads so drivers can’t make a right turn, and needlessly hold up all the traffic behind is not cool. This also includes stopping in box junctions.
It's simply a selfish act and is illegal – you could expect a fine of up to £130.
Parking on the pavement
Drivers who park their cars on pavements are a menace to society – this makes it far more difficult for pedestrians, wheelchair users and parents with prams who can’t pass. Putting pedestrians at risk is the last thing a driver should be doing.
This isn't illegal outside of London, but plans are being made to make that the case.
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Using hazard lights as an excuse for bad parking
Pulling up on the side of the road and whacking the hazard lights on is something which angers so many drivers in the UK because it means traffic is blocked.
It could be dangerous and according to Part 116 of the Highway Code, one should “Never use them as an excuse for dangerous or illegal parking.”
There is no doubt the above happens every day, all over the UK, so everyone should do their bit to stop it. Not all these examples are illegal, but they could be dangerous to other road users and the driver themselves – so think before you act.