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Pet Peeves on the Road


We've all seen them. They've got a Bluetooth headset wrapped around one ear, a Starbuck's latte in their right hand, a Blackberry in their left — and they're careening in and out of your lane while driving with their knees. Of course, the primary annoyance is that you had to set down your latte and turn off your phone so that you can manuever your own four wheels without running into theirs. The nerve of some people, we mutter under our breaths — if they're lucky.

Americans are on the road more than ever now, and so one can only assume that the number of annoying American drivers is on the steady rise. And to lighten the rather morbid state of the current auto world, Hagerty, an insurance company for collector cars, has released it's list of Top 10 Annoying Driver Habits.

"After visiting numerous car shows, auctions, automotive events and talking with our customers, the Hagerty staff heard many of the same complaints about drivers' behaviors," said Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty. "Yet these drivers also admitted they were guilty of committing some of these 'sins of the road.' That's why we decided to launch this survey — we wanted a fun way to bring these pet peeves to the attention of the public. We found some funny results but many responses were things we are all guilty of at one time or another!"

America's Top 10 Annoying Driver Habits

1. Distracted drivers talking on cell phones (Motor Mouths)

2. Slow drivers in the fast lane (Turtle Racers)

3. Pushy drivers who tailgate (Piggybackers)

4. Traffic weavers that gain one or two car lengths (Wacky Weavers)

5. Drivers who speed up to keep you from changing lanes (Gap Snatchers)

6. Hasty drivers who change lanes without signaling (Space Invaders)

7. Road Rage (Road Ragers)

8. Motorcyclists who race down the middle of a lane, between cars (Speed Racers)

9. Women applying makeup and men shaving (Driving Divas)

10. Drivers who leave their turn signal on for miles (Morse Coders)

"Attention to motorist behaviors is more prevalent than ever because of the increasing amount of drivers on the road," Hagerty said. "Whether it is road trip or your daily commute, we wanted to remind drivers that we could all be more courteous and try not to be a 'driving diva' or 'motor mouth' ourselves!"

Hagerty is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles and boats in the nation, and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers collector car insurance, financing and roadside assistance, as well as a variety of useful information resources. The company works proactively on hobby legislation and supports the Collectors Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preservation of the hobby. For more information, call 800-922-4050 or visit

(Source: Hagerty)