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Irritating Driving Habits

Irritating Driving Habits : Men Versus Women

Do you think you have any irritating driving habits? A survey has revealed that while half of women drivers believe they don't, 90 percent of them don't share that feeling when it comes to male drivers and their irritating habits.

"35 percent of women are
driven mad by men who
criticise their driving."

Women's car insurance specialist Diamond surveyed both male and female motorists to find out what irritates them most about other road users and passengers of both genders, and women were certainly harsher about men than the other way around — although they didn't escape criticism entirely.

  • 31 percent of women think the most irritating driving habit men have is speeding.

  • 30 percent of women think the most irritating driving habit men have is losing their temper.

  • 29 percent of men think the most irritating driving habit women have is a lack of courtesy to others on the road.

Diamond Managing Director Sian Lewis says "The old stereotype that men are always criticising women's driving has been turned on its head by these results, as it's definitely women who get the most irritated. However, the results do show [that] men think they have less irritating driving habits than women."

When it comes to passengers, male passengers irritate two thirds of women. Of those, 35 percent of women are driven mad by men who criticise their driving and 17 percent can't stand it when their male passenger tries to give them directions when they already know where they're going. Less than half of the men questioned found female passengers irritating, but having their driving criticised was also what annoyed them most.

Stats boiled down:

Top irritating male road user habits according to women:

Speeding: 31 percent

Losing their temper: 30 percent

Tailgating: 17 percent

Top irritating male passenger habits according to women:

Criticising your driving: 35 percent

Trying to give directions: 17 percent

Changing the radio station/music: 10 percent

(Source: Admiral)