Don’t let this be you. (Photo: Thinkstock.com)
Memorial Day weekend is less than two weeks away, and for lots of us, that means hitting the highway. Though road trips are one of the best things about summer, the experience can also come with some seriously annoying driving behavior (especially if there’s traffic). Expedia released the results of its 2015 Road Rage Report analyzing driving etiquette. Here are the highlights:
The most hated people on the road are:
• “The texter” (26 percent of Americans surveyed hate this driving behavior)
• “The tailgater” (close driving annoys 13 percent of people)
• “The left-lane hog” (12 percent)
As for your fellow passengers, these are the worst:
• Back-seat drivers are the most crazy-making (52 percent of people can’t stand them)
• Co-pilots who won’t navigate peeve 12 percent of Americans
• People who hog the radio (10 percent)
• People who take off their shoes irk drivers, too (7 percent)
The rudest big-city drivers, in order, are:
• New York City (42 percent say so)
• Los Angeles (got 32 percent of the vote)
• Chicago (18 percent)
• Washington, D.C. (16 percent)
And there’s more: A full 97 percent of people consider themselves “careful” drivers but only think 29 percent of others rate that way. Meanwhile, 61 percent of people admit to speeding, 29 percent admit to driving too close to another car, and 25 percent say they talk on the phone while driving.
Ten percent of Americans agree that they are more likely to break the law in a rental car, as opposed to their own.
Twenty-six percent say they have yelled or cursed at another driver and 17 percent have made a rude gesture (though 53 percent say they’ve been on the receiving end). Four percent of Americans have actually gotten out of their vehicle to fight with another motorist and 13 percent have felt threatened by another driver. Forty percent say they have stopped to help another driver in distress.
Surprisingly, 32 percent of people still rely on hard copy directions, but 83 percent have used a map app at some point.
The study was conducted online using the GfK “KnowledgePanel,” an online probability-based panel designed to be representative of the US general population, not just the online population. The study consisted of approximately 1,065 interviews conducted between April 3 - 5, 2015 among adults aged 18+ with a valid US driver’s license. The margin of error is +/-3 percentage points.
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