Pet Peeves – Results of VehicleVoice Survey
All of us experience things while driving that bother us. Some bother us more than others. To determine what things bother us most while driving, over 1000 VehicleVoice members responded to a short survey on Pet Peeves during the first week of November 2007.
Driving activities that were most bothersome appear to be folks simply doing other stuff while driving.
Not Paying Attention: 91% of VehicleVoice respondents said say that another driver not paying attention bothers them a lot.
Texting – Putting on Makup: 90% of VehicleVoice respondents say that other drivers texting and putting on make-up while driving bothered them a lot.
Dimming Headlamps – Reading: 88% said that not dimming high-beams and reading while driving bothered them a lot.
Pulling Out Without Enough Clearance: 86% said that drivers pulling into traffic without enough clearance bothered them a lot.
Tailgating: Bothered 85% of the panelists a lot.
Cell Phone Use: 67% said that using a cell phone while driving bothered them a lot. Frankly, we thought this response would have been higher, but given the fact that many/most of us use cell phones at some time while driving, it is not to surprising that we’d give ourselves a break.
Other issues that appear to resonate with VehicleVoice panel members include things that bother them a lot:
Driving without car insurance – 89%
Driving slow in the fast lane – 88%
Turning from the wrong lane – 87%
Weaving in-and-out through traffic – 86%
Street racing on public roads – 86%
Driving without a license – 82%
Driving an unsafe vehicle – 79%
Not using turn signals – 76%
Panel Members Weigh In: VehicleVoice panel members also weighed in with additional pet peeves that we had not thought to ask. There were many mentions of drivers who changed their minds while turning and then pushing back into the flowing traffic. Weaving in and out of traffic appears to be a particular problem. Wide turns bother many panel members. Loud radios and loud mufflers are a irritant to many panel members. Littering and throwing trash out the windows is a particular irritant for many panel members. Driving slowly in the left lane, or hogging the fast lane also bothers many.
Correcting Pet Peeves Likely Won’t Happen: Simply, those things that are out of the norm or interrupt the flow of traffic are irritants that could be corrected with better road manners, better consideration for others, more patience. Not gonna happen.