With the Easter weekend upon us and the ‘stay at home’ restrictions lifting, UK motorists are expected to hit the road and travel outside of their local areas again.
With traffic levels set to rise, a survey of 2,000 drivers has revealed what behaviours behind the wheel are most likely to cause an in-car family row.
Jointly topping the list of habits that cause cross words in the car are using the phone while driving, which can cost a driver six points on their license, and tailgating, which is an offence worth three points.
The cross-European survey was conducted by Nissan, who revealed that speeding, failure to indicate and hogging the outside lane were the other irritations that passengers who just want a safe and peaceful trip expressed.
The survey also found that UK motorists have many of the same concerns as passengers as their European counterparts – although over the Channel there seems to be a greater issue with people applying makeup while behind the wheel, compared to middle-lane drivers.
Arnaud Charpentier, from Nissan AMIEO, said: “As we all look to reconnect with the enjoyment of driving again, it’s crucial to understand that the secret to a harmonious car journey can often be found in the car itself.
“This new research confirms Nissan’s belief that the strategy of equipping their vehicle with intuitive technology helps to reduce the stress and maximise the convenience on every journey.”
According to passengers, here is the full list of the most irritating things the drivers do:
- Using the phone while driving
- Dangerous overtaking
- Last-minute braking
- Unnecessarily harsh or sudden braking
- Failing to indicate
- Hogging the outside lane
- Middle-lane hogging
- Driving while tired
The research unsurprisingly showed that safe driving topped the list of the most important things for an enjoyable passenger experience, closely followed by good music, frequent breaks and competent navigation.
To coincide with the findings, Nissan has launched the Stress-Free Driving Guide, inspired by the Juke crossover model, which draws on the car’s intuitive technology and confidence-inspiring assistance features.
Its Juke model is fitted with the ProPILOT advanced driving assistance system for maintaining a set distance on the highway by accelerating and slowing to match the car in front, and Blind Spot Intervention which gives drivers a heads-up if it detects a vehicle in an adjacent lane on the highway.
Arnaud Charpentier concluded: “Nissan is committed to helping drivers and passengers alike feel safe, comfortable and happy on the road.
“Offering advanced driving assistance features, seamless connectivity and a premium-feel interior, the Nissan JUKE makes the driving experience both entertaining and relaxing for everyone on-board.”