Last week Admiral, one of the UK’s largest car insurance providers, released their 2012 survey of British motorists. The national survey was conducted by YouGov for the fifth year in a row, and a total of 3,164 motorists were canvassed. Each motorists was asked a total of 100 questions, the resulting data was then split into age range and gender to provide Admiral with an interesting insight into the differences between both genders and age groups.
- 35% of households have one car or more
- 55% of people say they get distracted by other road users
- 37% of people say they get distracted when trying to change the radio station
- 22% of users canvassed use a SatNav
- 64% of road users canvassed would install a telematics box if it meant reduced car insurance premiums
- 55% of users canvassed suggest that smoking and driving should be made illegal
- 78% of users canvassed admitted to driving over the speeding limit
- 90% of users have been caught speeding at least once in the last 12 months
- 79% of road users ‘strongly agree’ with the statement ‘I feel ripped off by the current cost of fuel’
- 76% of people blame the government for the high price of fuel, compared to only 41% of people who blame oil companies
Come on Grandpa!
Surprisingly, UK motorists once again voted elderly motorists as the most irritating group of drivers out on the road. According to the survey 41% of men and women get annoyed by elderly motorists. The second most irritating group of road users was designated as taxi drivers with 36% of the votes, followed closely by cyclists with 36% of the vote. Also on the list of most annoying users were boy racers, van drivers, caravans and tractors – Which only goes to show that practically every type or road user will at some point earn the ire of a UK motorist who’s late for work and has to spend £1.39 a litre on petrol.
According to the Admiral survey the thing that makes us most angry about being on the road and dealing with other road users is the act of tailgating. Yes 74% of men and women listed tailgating as the most annoying thing about other drivers. This was closely followed by the use of mobile phones whilst driving with 73%, not indicating with 71% and cutting up with 70%.
For all the facts and figures from the 2012 Admiral British Motorists Survey head on over to the Admiral.com site for more details.