“What the F*&^ !”

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We regularly let other road users get under our skin so what are the annoying traits we love to hate. Research carried out by Easytrip the electronic parking and tolling tag provider, has revealed that 62% of Irish drivers get most annoyed when other motorists ‘don’t use their indicators’ on the motorway.

Respondents to the easytrip survey highlighted additional annoyances as:

Driving too slow in the fast lane (59%)
Tailgating (56%)
Using mobile phone while driving (55%)
Throwing rubbish out the window (43%)
Changing lanes too frequently (42%)
Not merging correctly from the slip road onto the motorway (40%)
Not driving up to the toll plazas correctly (15%)
When it comes to comparing the frustrations of female and male drivers the results differed greatly with 67% of female drivers getting frustrated with motorists who ‘drove too fast on the motorway’. This was closely followed by 61% getting annoyed with drivers that ‘throw rubbish out the window’. Meanwhile male drivers highlighted frustration with ‘motorists driving too slowly in the fast lane’ (55%) and coming in a close second at 54% was their annoyance of ‘middle lane hoggers’.

Commenting on the results, CEO of easytrip Ireland, Colin Delaney said: “Correct use of the motorway is vital for everyone’s safety. We’ve all heard of the saying that the ‘indicator must have come as an optional extra’ but it’s clearly the number one frustration for many motorists. It’s important that we alert other road users to our next move while driving and that means checking your mirrors and using your indicators when changing lanes. It can be stressful during busy peak times, particularly on the M50, but being respectful of our fellow motorists is of benefit to all.”

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Michael Sheridan

Michael is Motorhub's Editor. Well known from TV and radio, Michael has been writing, presenting and judging cars since the mid 90's. He is a renowned Producer/Director and documentary film maker. Dozens of credits include: The Whole Way Round (Gay Byrne), The Shamrock Run (Alan Shortt), The Viking Run (Clodagh McKenna) and The Irish 66ers (David Mitchell) and The Climb for Kids (Colin Farrell). Print credits include: the RTE Guide (motoring editor 1999-2003), many national daily papers and Sundays including The Irish Times (freelance) plus other magazines. National radio credits include multiple at RTE Gerry Ryan show, the Mooney Show, The Dave Fanning Show, Drivetime etc. TV credits as a motoring expert include RTE's flagship current affairs show Primetime and TV3's Ireland AM. Michael also presented RTE's car show Drive! in the late 90s and directed some items in MPH2 on TG4. Michael contributes weekly on motoring issues to The Last Word show with Matt Cooper on Today FM. Michael has represented Ireland's motoring journalists in Motorsport at the International Mazda MX-5 endurance race series in Italy and the Arctic Ice Race. He has been a Car of the Year Judge for over 18 years and is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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