Britain's Worst Drivers Exposed
Research by AA Tyres, reveals that Generation Y — those aged 25-34 — are the biggest offenders when it comes to the nation's worst driving habits, such as tailgating, driving while tired and fiddling with tech in the car.
The research also shows that Londoners are the UK's No.1 middle lane hoggers and worst for overtaking on the left.
- Drivers aged 25-34 are the worst offenders for 11 out of 12 bad habits, including tailgating, driving while tired and fiddling with tech devices in the car
- 26% of UK drivers admit to breaking the speed limit every week
- Londoners are the UK’s No.1 middle-lane hoggers (64%) and worst for overtaking on the left (61%)
Teenagers are often perceived as being the most irresponsible and riskiest drivers on UK roads, but according to a new poll by AA Tyres, it’s Generation Y drivers who have the worst driving habits.
The poll canvassed 21,741 AA members on bad driving habits, and younger drivers, aged 25-34, came out as the biggest offenders in 11 out of 12 bad driving habits. Almost nine out of ten (87%) drivers in this age group admitted to frequently braking hard or too late, while 71% said they tailgate, driving too close to the driver in front, and 87% said they have driven while tired.
And, 87% of those Generation Y drivers polled, who are considered more tech savvy than most, having grown up in a world surrounded by technology, said they frequently fiddled with in-car technology, such as radios, bluetooth phones and sat navs, while at the wheel.
Across all age groups, breaking the speed limit was, not surprisingly, the most common problem, with 89% of drivers polled confessing to breaking the speed limit during the past 12 months. More than a quarter (26%) of respondents said they break the speed limit every week.
The following table shows the most common bad driving habits, and the top offending age group for each:
|Bad driving habit||% polled who admitted to this bad habit in past 12 months||Top offending age group|
|Going over the speed limit||89%||45-54 and 55-64 (90%)|
|Braking hard or late||79%||25-34 (87%)|
|Driving while tired||72%||25-34 (87%)|
|Adjusting technology (e.g. sat nav, radio, Bluetooth phone, on-board computer)||72%||25-34 (88%)|
|Not indicating at the correct time (e.g. changing lane, roundabouts)||58%||18-24 and 25-34 (66%)|
|Driving too close to the vehicle in front||57%||18-24 and 25-34 (71%)|
|Eating or drinking||49%||25-34 (81%)|
|Sitting in the middle lane when the inside lane is clear||48%||25-34 (53%)|
|Overtaking on the left||48%||25-34 (57%)|
|Rubbernecking (e.g. slowing down to look at an accident)||47%||18-24 and 25-34 (57%)|
|Wearing unsuitable shoes (e.g. flip-flops, high-heels, heavy boots)||26%||25-34 (48%)|
|Throwing rubbish out of the window||4%||18-24 (10%)|