Six Irritating Driving Habits To Avoid At All Costs

Most drivers in the UK are responsible and obey the Highway Code. Some, however, are seemingly determined to be as irritating as possible. Here’s five driving habits to avoid…

Abusing the Horn

A car’s horn exists for a very clear reason. It’s there to alert other road-users to a vehicle’s presence, typically when safety might be compromised. What it isn’t there for, for instance, is getting your friend’s attention as you pass them by or to scold other road-users. Using it inappropriately can be distracting, irritating and even threatening, so only use it when you need to.

Failing to Indicate

Our vehicles’ indicators are our only way of effectively communicating our intentions to other road-users. Without them, our future actions remain entirely unclear. Drivers that fail to indicate put themselves, and others, at risk. Indicating at the last moment can be irritating and dangerous, too; so, make sure you indicate in good time and only then make a manoeuvre.


Tailgating is a question of a vehicle driving too closely to the road-user in front. At relatively low speeds, it can be irritating – a nuisance. At higher speeds, however, it can be intimidating and dangerous. There’s never a good reason to tailgate, not matter how frustrating it might be to find yourself stuck behind a slow motorist.

Poor Lane Discipline

British roads can be confusing, there’s no denying it. Roundabouts and lanes tend to vary quite considerably depending on where you are in the country. In which case, being in the right lane and at all terms (especially in unfamiliar areas) isn’t a realistic goal. That said, lane discipline isn’t a question about getting it right all of the time – it’s about correcting mistakes safely and considerately. How? By indicating in good time and manoeuvring at a responsible speed.

Incorrect Speeds 

Drivers who get their speed wrong can be irritating, whether they’re driving too quickly or two slowly. Speed limits shouldn’t be broken, under any circumstances. That said, they’re also a guide for how quickly we should be moving. For instance, it’s irresponsible and dangerous to drive at 40 mph on a 60 mph road; barring obstructions or poor weather conditions. Stick to the speed limit, but stay in relative orbit of it, too.

Slow at the Lights

Research suggests that Brits are pretty merciless when it comes to traffic light changes; most of us expect vehicles to get moving when the light turns green in a few seconds. Regardless, drivers who take too long to move at a green light can be frustrating. No one expects a rapid, Formula 1-like take off; but if you take too long you’ll delay other road-users and probably create the impression that you’re simply not paying attention.

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