Tailgating 'most irritating habit'

The most irritating behaviour for drivers is tailgating, new research has shown.

According to research by motoring charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), 70% of the 1,497 respondents to an online poll stated they got angry with other road users, and 28% felt their own driving competence was impaired by getting heated behind the wheel.

A total of 28% of those quizzed said that tailgating was the most irritating behaviour, while 22% believed that talking on a mobile phone was the biggest irritation. Centre lane hogging was also mentioned by 15% of respondents.

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IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "It is good to see motorists disapproving of bad driving, especially mobile phone use, which is on the rise, but it's worrying that so many still get angry when driving."

Mr Greig added: "It's all about self control - good drivers spot the signs of potential road rage and do everything they can to steer clear of it."

His advice for drivers who feel they are reaching boiling point is to pull over and separate themselves from the cause of anger, and never to react with a gesture or aggressive driving.

For those who are the subject of road rage, the IAM advises drivers to pull over to a safe, public place or apologise for mistakes by giving a cheery wave.

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