Drivers vote on their biggest pet peeves on the road in Royal Automobile Association survey

Tailgating is drivers’ biggest pet peeve when it comes to others breaking the road rules, according to a poll of more than 5500 motorists.
Royal Automobile Association (RAA) surveyed 5584 South Australian drivers on what behaviour they found most annoying on roads in the state.

Tailgating came in as the most annoying behaviour, claiming 27 per cent of the votes.

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Tailgating came is as by far the most annoying behaviour in the poll. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Failing to keep left unless overtaking was deemed the second most annoying, with 17 per cent of voters choosing it.

The other annoying behaviours were ranked as follows:

  • failing to indicate – 14 per cent
  • speeding up in overtaking lanes zones when not overtaking – 12 per cent
  • failing to merge properly – nine per cent
  • using a mobile phone – seven per cent
  • leaving too much space between vehicles at intersections – four per cent
  • failing to turn off high beam lights – four per cent
  • queuing across intersections – three per cent
  • failing to use slow vehicle turn out lanes – three per cent

The RAA said it ran the poll to remind drivers to obey road rules.

“All these traffic offences can also lead to situations in which other drivers can become enraged and end up making poor decisions,” the RAA’s Charles Mountain said.

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“We obviously need to do more work in helping drivers understand all the road rules and how they work.”

He said the bad driving habits could create serious safety hazards, as well as earn costly fines and loss of demerit points.

Latest figures show more than 5000 motorists have been pulled over by South Australia police for tailgating – resulting in $1.32 million worth of fines – during the past two financial years.

In the same period police figures show 1347 drivers were caught failing to keep left unless overtaking, resulting in 995 cautions and 352 fines worth $124,385.

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