The roads are full of annoying motorists, and navigating the sea of distracted drivers can be dangerous and maddening. There are the tailgaters, the turn-signal averse, the left-lane hoggers ... the list goes on ... and on.
But what behavior really gets your goat? According to a Consumer Reports survey, texters top the list of most annoying drivers. Consumer Reports polled 895 Americans in a January 2012 telephone survey and asked the respondents to rate 20 common driver complaints on a scale from one (not annoyed) to 10 (very annoyed).
Texting while driving (8.9), able-bodied drivers parking in handicapped spaces (8.7) and tailgaters (8.4) were the top three gripes.
Age and gender had a lot to do with the results: Women were more irritated by texters and tailgaters, and younger drivers were less bothered by loud music than older motorists.
See the full list below.
|Most annoying behaviors||Scale 1-10|
|Texting on a cell phone while driving||8.9|
|Able-bodied drivers parking in handicapped spaces||8.7|
|Drivers who cut you off||8.3|
|Speeding and swerving in and out of traffic||8.2|
|Taking up two parking spaces||7.7|
|Talking on a cell phone while driving||7.6|
|Not letting you merge into a lane||7.6|
|Not dimming high beams when approaching||7.6|
|Not using turn signals||7.5|
|Slow drivers dawdling in the passing lane||7.3|
|Jaywalkers stepping in front of your car||7.3|
|Excessive horn honking||7.1|
|Slowing down to “rubberneck” at accidents||7.0|
|Not turning on lights when it’s raining or at dusk||6.8|
|Drivers who are indecisive about where to turn||6.6|
|Slow drivers on a two-lane road who won’t pull over||6.5|
|Not going when the light turns green||6.1|
|Bicyclists who don’t let you by||5.8|
|Cranking up the radio volume||5.7|
2012 Annual Auto Issue: Survey Reveals Top Gripes Among Drivers (Consumer Reports)