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Top Five Annoyances While Driving According To Motor Trend

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On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 8:55AM | By: Clay Ritchings


Top Five Annoyances While Driving According To Motor Trend

Motor Trend recently conducted a poll which asked readers of its Wide Open Throttle blog and Facebook and Twitter followers what factors really annoyed them while driving. I think that #4 could be avoided by not being one of the drivers on the rest of the list. Over all, it is pretty clear that we hate “Slow Drivers” according to the poll and I must agree.  Full press release from Motor Trend after the break.

Motor Trend Poll Results:

1. Being stuck behind slow drivers – 43.5%
2. Inattentive drivers texting and talking on cell phones – 23.2%
3. Drivers that do not use turn signals – 16.1%
4. Aggressive drivers cutting through traffic – 10%
5. Drivers who refuse to turn right on red – 7.2%

But here are a few that I felt should be added to the list:

1a: Honor the left lane: When there is a ½ mile of cars backed up behind you and you’re in the left lane, move over to the right! The left lane is not for people like you to set your cruise control at 60 mph and hold on to the left lane for dear life. When you're smart enough to figure this out on your own and you have moved off into the right lanes, step on it!—if traffic is going 60 mph, why aren’t you keeping up with the car in front of you? So why do you feel you must do 56 mph? I know that you want to feel like you are an individual but when you are on the roads; you're a part of a collective out here. Join in, please. This alone will drive many people (including me) into fits of rage accompanied by long expletive-filled sentences.

2a: Stop lights: Pay attention, stop fixing your hair, fiddling with the radio, sexting, or whatever else that distracts you. The traffic lights are already way too short and there are far too many drivers on the road, so when the light changes be ready. Every minute spent needlessly sitting at traffic lights because of your stupidity is directly proportional towards the amount of beatings that are wished upon you.

##Press Release##

WHAT'S AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE DRIVING FRUSTRATION? SLOW DRIVERS

Motor Trend Poll Finds Top Five Sources of Irritation on the Road


El Segundo, Calif. (May 25, 2011) – Despite gas prices garnering the lion's share of news coverage lately, something altogether different is a major source of frustration for the American driver these days. Motor Trend, the world's automotive authority on cars, trucks and SUVs, recently completed a poll to determine the top-five sources of irritation for drivers. Topping the list was being stuck behind slow drivers, with more than forty percent of the respondents in this latest poll citing this as their chief annoyance.

In fact, Motor Trend found almost 90 percent of those polled reacted against the offending driver in some way; with 13 percent reporting that it moves them to varying degrees of frustration and even anger. One participant wrote, "It makes me want to tear their license plates off!"

Motor Trend polled readers nationally via its Wide Open Throttle Blog, and its Facebook and Twitter accounts to gather the data. The poll also clearly indicated many drivers feel there is a general lack of awareness of other drivers, among their counterparts.

Rounding out the top-five list, Motor Trend readers reported in descending order, the most aggravating habits of other motorists as:

1. Being stuck behind slow drivers – 43.5%
2. Inattentive drivers texting and talking on cell phones – 23.2%
3. Drivers that do not use turn signals – 16.1%
4. Aggressive drivers cutting through traffic – 10%
5. Drivers who refuse to turn right on red – 7.2%

"What we have here is a glimpse of the frustrations experienced by drivers who take driving seriously," said Motor Trend editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie. "It's clear many drivers are thinking about almost anything other than driving when they are behind the wheel, to the irritation of others on the road. Poor situational awareness and a lack of concentration are probably the real cause of the majority of road crashes today."

Motor Trend invites people to join the conversation and submit their own list of driving pet peeves on Motor Trend's Wide Open Throttle blog at http://wot.motortrend.com and on the Motor Trend Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/motortrendmag. Become a fan of Motor Trend on Facebook to voice your opinion and follow all the latest developments at the world's automotive authority.




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Gfautoshopper | 9:09AM (Fri, Jun 10, 2011)

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes -- except when it's me doing those things. I hate when issues compound: I'm driving on an expressway following a car that is in the LEFT lane driving slow. And I mean S-L-O-O-O-W-W (for an expressway). I finally get the chance to pass, and see the driver is busy talking or texting instead of paying attention. Hey, we all do it sometimes, too, but we pay attention to the road and definitely NOT while in the left lane at a snail;s pace.



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