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Mobile phone use ‘is drivers’ biggest bugbear’

New research published by Kwik Fit has highlighted the biggest headaches when it comes to motorists monitoring the driving behaviour of others, the biggest of which being mobile phone use behind the wheel.

According to the latest poll on driving behaviour from the vehicle maintenance specialist, 47 per cent of respondents stated seeing another driver using a mobile phone for talking or texting when they are behind the wheel as the most likely practice to make their blood boil.

This behaviour replaces tailgating – which now falls into second place (42 per cent) – as the most infuriating driver activity, while failing to indicate (35 per cent), dangerous overtaking manoeuvres (30 per cent) and middle lane cruisers (26 per cent) round out the top five.

Also making it into the top ten for infuriating practices though were last minute braking, undertaking, hesitant driving, being slow to get away from traffic lights and individuals jumping the lights.

Overall, motorists wishing to avoid the fury of their compatriot road users should therefore look to avoid these types of driving behaviour whenever possible.

Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, commented: “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.

“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 antisocial driving behaviours are being taken.”

Anyone who has fallen foul of the law in the past could face a considerable increase in costs when returning to the road after their debt to society has been repaid.

As a result, our expert team here at GSI Insurance Services (Southern) Limited pride themselves on finding the best deals on convicted driver car insurance to help this group find savings.

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