We all have our own habits when it comes to driving, but are your driving habits considered annoying. The AA conducted a survey in 2017 which identified the worst driving habits. This blog will look at the habits that drivers find most annoying and what consequences you could face if you're caught in the act.
Tailgating has been voted as the most annoying driving habit. This is the process of driving too closely behind the vehicle in front which is dangerous as it increases the chance of a collision if the vehicle in front was to suddenly stop. Getting caught tailgating could land you with a fine of £100 and 3 penalty points.
Talking On A Mobile (25%)
Talking on your phone has been banned for a while now but drivers still have the urge to do it. It provides a big distraction which puts both the driver at risk and others around them. If you're caught on your phone whilst driving you can get 6 penalty points and a fine of £200. If you've passed in the last two years and are caught, you could lose your license. Fines are greater if you're in control of a bus (£1000) or a lorry (£2500).
Middle Lane Hogging (23%)
Middle lane hogging is remaining in the middle lane of the motorway despite the left lane being clear and safe to move into. The problem with this is that it can cause congestion as it prevents others using the lane for overtaking. The middle lane should be used to overtake slower vehicles in the left lane. The punishment for this is £100 and 3 penalty points on you license.
Swooping is where a driver will suddenly cut across lanes in order to get their exit. It's a dangerous manoeuvre and can be terrifying if it happens in front of you. You should be aware of the signs around you so you have sufficient time to move over to the left lane and exit safely.
Overtaking On The Inside (7%)
Overtaking on the inside is always very tempting, especially if there is someone hogging the middle lane. This is an illegal manoeuvre due to the dangers it poses. The driver may not be aware of you undertaking them as they are not expecting it and you're in their blind spot resulting in an accident. The penalty for this is also 3 penalty points and a fine of up to £100.
Speeding (3%) and Driving Slowly (3%)
It's quite obvious that speeding is a punishable offence due to its reckless nature, but you may not be aware that driving too slow is also deemed to be reckless and inconsistent diving. Driving too slow can be just as dangerous as speeding in some cases such as being too slow to pull out of a junction or onto a motorway. The minimum penalty for speeding is £100 and 3 penalty points which increases depending on how far over the limit you are. Driving too slow will usually just result in a warning but in a serious case you could end up in court with penalty points set between 3 and 9 and a fine of anything up to a maximum of £5,000.
No one likes a litterer. Litter ruins wildlife and the environment but people still feel like it's ok to throw rubbish out of a moving vehicle. If you're seen throwing rubbish out your vehicle, you will receive a £60 fine, even if one of your passengers committed the act.
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