Mobile use 'most irritating habit'

Mobile use 'most irritating habit'

The use of mobile phones while driving has become the greatest pet peeve of UK motorists, according to a new survey.

Some 47% of drivers say they hate seeing others talking or texting away behind the wheel, with tailgating coming just behind with 42% of the vote.

It marks the first time in years that tailgating has not been the most popular complaint in Kwik Fit's study. Failure to indicate annoys 35% of motorists; 'dangerous overtaking' concerns 30%, while middle lane hoggers upset 26%.

In the over-65 age group, a total of 69% voted for mobile phone use as their most hated habit, while this fell to just 38% among 18 to 24-year-olds.

RAC head of external affairs Pete Williams said: "The RAC's own research has highlighted that hand-held mobile phone use at the wheel is the biggest cause of stress for other motorists with 76% identifying it as their top angst. And that is despite the fact that 21% actually admitted to using their hand-held mobile phone whilst driving and this figure rises to 30% for drivers aged 25 to 44.

"Using a mobile phone at the wheel is a double danger being both a physical and mental for the driver but regrettably it is a risk that more and more drivers seem prepared to take."

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