The related poll covered 2,002 UK adults and was hosted by the automotive repair company, Kwik Fit, and the research company Consumer Intelligence. The aim of the poll was to find out what potential driving habits were despised by motorists on Britain’s roads.
Using a mobile handset to talk or text someone (without using a hands-free kit) is illegal but it’s among the most common distractions for UK motorists.
As many as 47 per cent of the poll’s respondents cited this as their most hated driving habit, making it the most commonly mentioned of all.
Similar polls by Kwik Fit have previously seen tailgating come out as top as the driving habit that annoys people the most. In this particular poll it remains a popular choice but has to settle for second place behind using a mobile handset.
Still, as many as 42 per cent of the latest poll’s respondents cited tailgating as their hated driving habit.
The third most commonly mentioned disliked driving habit in the poll was failing to indicate, mentioned by 35 per cent of the poll respondents. Completing the top five in the poll results is dangerous overtaking (30 per cent) and middle lane cruisers (26 per cent).
Other disliked driving habits mentioned by poll respondents included last minute braking (23 per cent), undertaking (19 per cent) and hesitant driving (12 per cent). Rounding up the top ten is being slow away from traffic lights (also 12 per cent) and jumping the traffic lights (10 per cent).
The director of communications at Kwik Fit, Roger Griggs, said: "These driving habits aren’t just annoying, they are dangerous and some of them against the law.
"You’re four times more likely to have an accident if you use a mobile while driving, in addition to the frustration it causes for fellow motorists. And with on-the-spot penalties for motorists who hog the middle lane, tailgate or cut up other vehicles being introduced last year, it highlights just how serious these anti-social driving behaviours are being taken."
During last summer, new motoring laws were introduced by the Department of Transport (DfT) to deter drivers from committing acts which can annoy and obstruct other motorists on the road.
This includes on-the-spot penalty fines of £100 and three penalty points for offences including tailgating and hogging the middle lane of a motorway road.