3 things British motorists hate – not indicating, extreme parking charges and not using indicators


No matter where you drive in the UK, you will find that there are some common sources of irritation amongst motorists. In a recent survey commissioned by YourParkingSpace, it was found that there are three key points of irritation that are most common among drivers. These include not indicating, extreme parking charges and motorists not using indicators when preparing to turn or pull off the road.


One of the main reasons for starting the website in the first place was a general dissatisfaction around the nation with the lack of adequate parking and parking that ended up being unreasonably priced for the average driver. While the number of drivers has risen by 16.5% in the past decade and a half, parking has not improved and neither have the driving habits of motorists, it appears.

The survey commissioned by the parking site found that of the 1028 UK drivers questioned, half being men and half being women, equally divided, both had common irritations in the driving habits of others as well as the lack of available or reasonably priced parking.

While men were more likely to become annoyed with slow drivers and women were disenchanted by the general lack of indicating when pulling off the road or turning, both groups were almost equally irritated at the high cost of parking and the general lack of spaces large enough to accommodate today’s larger cars. Few, if any, spaces have been added yet cars just keep getting bigger and bigger and drivers are expected to park them in tiny spaces – a true source of irritation for both genders.

When tallied, the figures represent both genders. At least 72% of drivers polled said that not indicating was a huge source of frustration whilst distracted driving (talking on a mobile phone) was the second most irritating behaviour behind the wheel. This came in at 71% saying they felt drivers shouldn’t talk on mobile phones whilst behind the wheel.

Also included in the survey were questions on the availability and cost of parking. Keeping in mind that the number of drivers has risen by almost 1/5 in just short of 2 decades, bad parking is bound to be a major bone of contention. How can you expect a much greater number of cars on the road to be slotted into parking spots that haven’t added to their numbers appreciably in the past 17 years?

Traffic jams and slow drivers tallied to 52% and 40% respectively, and the inability to find parking came in last at 40%. This shows that, yes, adequate parking is at a premium, but this didn’t bother drivers as much as those operating a car with poor driving habits.

You can read what the managing director, Harrison Woods, had to say by reading about the full report on their website. If you are a driver and are continually being confronted with other drivers who don’t obey the rules or not having much luck on finding a spot take the time to browse their site. For more information click here and learn how there are variations between what irritates drivers in Scotland as opposed to what frustrates English motorists. In all, it’s an enlightening look into, as Woods puts it, the psyche of the average British driver.