Most annoying things Drivers do – Car Pro News

The roads are full of annoying motorists, and navigating the sea of distracted drivers can be dangerous and maddening. There are the tailgaters, the turn-signal averse, the left-lane hoggers and the list goes on and on.

What behavior really gets your goat? According to a Consumer Reports survey, texters top the list of most annoying drivers. Consumer Reports polled 895 Americans in a January 2012 telephone survey and asked the respondents to rate 20 common driver complaints on a scale from one (not annoyed) to 10 (very annoyed).

Texting while driving (8.9), able-bodied drivers parking in handicapped spaces (8.7) and tailgaters (8.4) were the top three gripes.

Age and gender had a lot to do with the results: Women were more irritated by texters and tailgaters, and younger drivers were less bothered by loud music than older motorists.

Most annoying behaviors on a scale of 1-10:
• Texting on a cell phone while driving 8.9
• Able-bodied drivers parking in handicapped spaces 8.7
• Tailgaters 8.4
• Drivers who cut you off 8.3
• Speeding and swerving in and out of traffic 8.2
• Taking up two parking spaces 7.7
• Talking on a cell phone while driving 7.6
• Not letting you merge into a lane 7.6
• Not dimming high beams when approaching 7.6
• Not using turn signals 7.5
• Slow drivers dawdling in the passing lane 7.3
• Jaywalkers stepping in front of your car 7.3
• Excessive horn honking 7.1
• Slowing down to “rubberneck” at accidents 7.0
• Not turning on lights when it’s raining or at dusk 6.8
• Drivers who are indecisive about where to turn 6.6
• Slow drivers on a two-lane road who won’t pull over 6.5
• Not going when the light turns green 6.1
• Bicyclists who don’t let you by 5.8
• Cranking up the radio volume 5.7

  1. Rick Jens 6 years ago

    SUVs, PickUp trucks and 4WD vehicles that brake before crossing Light rail and other tracks. People who brake or slow down for a green light. Drivers that enter turn lanes (right or left) with brakes on 1/2 or 2/3rds past the beginning of the lane. Tks.

  2. John Clark 4 years ago

    Drivers who forget to turn off a turn signal and drive blocks (or miles) with it blinking. Drivers who ignore “Lane ends. Merge left” (or right) signs, dash forward as far as possible, and try to bully their way into the head of the line.

  3. T.L. Canterbury 4 years ago

    It burns me up that the arrogant that use the diamond lane alone while everyone else sets in traffic. Then at the end of the lane they bully their way in.

  4. rob 4 years ago

    I hate nervous brakers. The ones that are tapping their brakes every 10 seconds but aren’t actually braking enough to have any sort of functional effect. This dominoes down the highway with everyone else now tapping their brakes. Ridiculous.

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