“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. He is a famous face in Ireland having worked on RTE Television since 1990, firstly as a young people's TV presenter. His motoring CV took off in the mid 90's. Initially responsible for motoring content with RTE's daytime TV dept. he went on to present the RTE TV car show Drive! for 4 seasons. He has worked as a Producer/Director and Executive Producer on numerous motoring television shows in Ireland and Internationally including The Whole Way Round, The Shamrock Run, The Viking Run and The Irish 66ers to name just a few - many raised much needed funds for children's hospitals in Ireland. In print and radio his credits include the RTE Guide as motoring editor from 1999-2003, he transferred to RTE on line where he set up and edited the Motors section until mid 2015. His print credits are too many to list but include National daily (Irish Times) and Sunday newspapers, magazines, radio (multiple RTE radio shows including contributing editor with the Gerry Ryan show & The Mooney Show, plus guest he is a contributor to Tubridy, The Dave Fanning Show, Drivetime etc. Michael contributes weekly on Today FM on The Last Word with Matt Cooper. Michael has also 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 17 years and is the current Chairperson of the association of professional motoring press (APMP).

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