Drivers vote for their biggest pet peeves on the road in the Royal Automobile Association survey

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tailgating is drivers biggest pet peeve when it comes to others breaking the rules, according to a poll of more than 5,500 motorists.
The Royal Automobile Association (RAA) surveyed 5584 South Australian drivers about what behavior they found most annoying on the state’s roads.

Tailgating came in as the most annoying behavior, claiming 27 percent of the vote.

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Tailgating came in as by far the most annoying behavior in the poll. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Failing to keep left unless overtaking was considered the second most annoying, with 17 percent of voters choosing it.

The other annoying behaviors were ranked as follows:

  • fails to state – 14 per cent
  • speeding up in overtaking lane zones when no overtaking is being done – 12 per cent
  • do not fuse properly – nine per cent
  • using a mobile phone – seven per cent
  • leaves too much space between vehicles at intersections – four per cent
  • fails to switch off high beams – four per cent
  • queuing across intersections – three per cent
  • fail to use slow lanes – three per cent

The RAA said it was running the poll to remind motorists to obey the rules of the road.

“All these traffic offenses can also lead to situations where other drivers can become enraged and end up making poor decisions,” said the RAA’s Charles Mountain.

This is a tricky one.  If you live on a busy road and have to back up over solid lines to get out of your driveway, can you do it?

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“Obviously we need to do more to help drivers understand all the rules of the road and how they work.”

He said the bad driving habits could create serious safety risks, as well as earn expensive fines and the loss of demerit points.

The latest figures show more than 5000 motorists have been pulled over by South Australian police for tailgating – resulting in $1.32 million in fines – over the past two financial years.

During the same period, police figures show 1347 drivers were caught failing to keep left unless overtaking, resulting in 995 warnings and 352 fines worth $124,385.

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