Top 12 Worst Driving Behaviors

Top 12 Worst Driving Behaviors

You’re sitting a red light, second in line. The light turns green. The car in front of you doesn’t move, and you can see the driver’s head is facing down. He’s texting and doesn’t notice it’s time to go until you honk. More than 1,000 adult U.S. drivers were asked to give their opinions of fellow motorists, including which behaviors infuriate them the most.

The 12 worst driving behaviors:

  1. The Texter: 22 percent
  2. The Tailgater: 14 percent
  3. The Last-Minute Line-Cutter: 13 percent
  4. The Left-Lane Hog: 11 percent
  5. The Crawler: 8 percent
  6. The Multitasker: 8 percent
  7. The Swerver: 8 percent
  8. The Speeder: 5 percent
  9. The Drifter: 5 percent
  10. The Honker: 3 percent
  11. The Inconsiderate: 2 percent
  12. The Red Light Racer: 1 percent

More facts to know and tell:

  • The most common motorist misbehavior is weaving in and out of traffic, which has been witnessed by 80 percent of the American driving public.
  • The second most common offense is “dangerous speeding” (77 percent), followed by “multitasking” (76 percent), being “cut off” (73 percent) and “aggressive tailgating” (68 percent).
  • Of the 25 American cities listed in the study, Portland, Oregon, was deemed most courteous, cited by only 1 percent of respondents for being discourteous. The second most courteous city was Minneapolis/St. Paul, at 2 percent.
  • A surprising number of drivers report receiving the middle finger while on the road. Nearly half (48 percent) of survey respondents have been on the receiving end of a “rude/hostile hand gesture,” 35 percent have been yelled or cursed at and 13 percent have been accosted by a driver who exited his or her vehicle to do so.
  • An alarming 9 percent of survey respondents have gotten into a physical altercation with another driver, 19 percent have called the police to report a fellow driver’s misbehavior and 45 percent say they have been involved in, or nearly involved in, an accident due to an inattentive driver.