For cycling side by side on country lanes instead of one behind the other!
You might think that potholes or getting stuck behind a tractor are the most irritating issues motorists have to deal with on country lanes but according to a new report their biggest gripe is cyclists .. in particular those who think it’s okay to ride side by side.
Over half (54%) of drivers confessed that cyclists who choose to ride side by side is THE danger that makes them the most angry.
Country lanes tend to be extremely narrow with just enough room for two cars to pass each other carefully, so there’s definitely no room for cyclists who decide to ride in pairs, resulting in motorists having to crawl along for long periods of time before they get the opportunity to overtake.
Over the weekend this can be a real hazard when more cyclists tend to take the road in groups.
After cyclists, it’s speeding drivers who cause frustration for motorists, with 53% saying that other road users going too fast down narrow country roads make them angry.
Around one in four (23%) of motorists react to such inconsiderate road users by shouting, whilst 34% pomp their horn and 14% give the middle finger gesture.
Another bugbear featuring quite highly on the list was dangerous overtaking, with 48% of those taking part in the survey by Confused.com bringing it up.
Out of the 2,000 motorists polled, a further 37% mentioned fly-tipping, 35% said potholes, 34% flagged up not giving way on narrow roads, whilst 29% were left angered by tractors, motorcyclists overtaking in a dangerous way (28%) and bad road signage (26%).
Other frustrations picked out by drivers were caravans driving too slow (16%) and animals in the road blocking the way (12%).
Driving on country roads can not only be a frustrating experience for all sorts of reasons but it can be more dangerous than driving on the motorway.
According to official figures, road users are 10 times more likely to be killed on country roads than on a motorway.
The DfT’s latest figures show 93 fatalities took place last year on UK motorways, whilst 910 were reported on non built-up roads – deaths on country roads have increased by 4% in just one year.
Confused.com claim that two fifths of drivers (41%) have been involved in an accident or near miss on a rural road, with nearly half of drivers (47%) admitting to avoiding hitting an animal by swerving dangerously.
From sheer frustration it seems that many drivers (13%) take to shouting at an animal, with 17% saying they’d shouted at a sheep, 14% at a bird and 10% at a cow!
“It’s shocking that so many more accidents are occurring on rural roads than motorways,” said motoring editor at Confused.com Amanda Stretton.
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