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Mobiles and no signalling drive us to distraction

BUS drivers are seen as the safest on the road — and most people want to steer clear of cyclists and van drivers.

Not signalling and using mobile phones topped the list of annoying motoring habits in a survey.

Car owners and pedestrians named bus drivers as the most considerate, safest and least annoying behind the wheel. Van drivers and cyclists were branded the most infuriating.

Seven out of ten car drivers said that the most annoying road habit was not signalling, a sentiment backed by three out of five pedestrians and cyclists.

Mobile phone use was a big bugbear for 74 per cent of lorry drivers, 60 per cent of car drivers, 55 per cent of pedestrians and half of cyclists.

However, all the groups believe things need to change, with seven out of ten cyclists and pedestrians saying people would be more safety aware if they tried other forms of road use. Three out of five car drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and nearly eight out of ten lorry drivers also believe that training should include more awareness and consideration for other types of road users.

Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said poor communication was at the root of tensions. ‘Failing to signal and using mobiles makes journeys more difficult and breeds contempt when we should be working together for a safer road network.’