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Five irritating driving habits

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Most of us think that we are good drivers and yet we see so much bad driving every day. Here are five of the most irritating driving habits on UK roads. Are you guilty of any of these?

1) Tailgating

This is dangerous as well as annoying. You look in the rear view mirror only to find it filled with a car driving far too close to your bumper. It can cause you to speed up in an attempt to put more space between you and the car behind but, inevitably, the car soon regains its place. This can distract you from the road ahead and should you have to brake suddenly, a rear-end collision is much more likely.

2) Not returning to the left hand lane

On the motorway we are meant to drive in the left hand lane, except when overtaking. If you take just a quick look at any of our motorways on any particular day, you would find this hard to believe. Far too many drivers remain in the middle and outside lanes, even when there is no traffic to overtake. This causes traffic to back up and is one of the major causes of traffic jams and delays.

3) Pushing into queues

We've all seen those drivers who refuse to join a queue when there are lane closures up ahead. Instead, they scoot down the empty, but soon to be closing, lane until they reach the roadworks, then try to push into the queue of patient drivers, who have been waiting in line. Unsurprisingly, those drivers aren't too happy about letting the queue jumpers in and this causes frustration and dangerous attempts to force their way into the queue. It also prevents the queue from moving smoothly and increases waiting times even further.

4) Speed up, slow down, repeat

We see this every day. A car sitting, usually in the middle lane, rushing past us only to slow down again, then pass us all over again. This jerky style of driving is a major cause of the concertina effect we see on our motorways, causing miles of congestion behind when there is no problem at all. It also burns far more fuel and causes unnecessary brake wear.

5) Refusing to give way to pedestrians

According to the Highway Code, pedestrians have right of way when crossing at junctions and intersections. Cars must give way to people who have started to cross the road. You wouldn't think so when you see how many cars refuse to allow pedestrians to cross when turning into a junction.

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