Women Driven to Distraction by Men's Irritating Habits

Women Driven to Distraction by Men's Irritating Habits  
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on 05/02/2007

Source: Admiral Group plc/ EUI Ltd

Do you think you have any irritating driving habits? A new survey has revealed that while half of women drivers believe they don't, 90% of them don't share that feeling when it comes to male drivers and their irritating habits. Women's car insurance specialist Diamond surveyed both male and female motorists to find out what irritates them most about other road users and passengers of both genders, and women were certainly harsher about men than the other way around - although they didn't escape criticism entirely.

- 31% of women think the most irritating driving habit men have is speeding,

- 30% of women think the most irritating driving habit men have is losing their temper, but

- 29% of men think the most irritating driving habit women have is lacking courtesy to other road users.

Diamond managing director, Sian Lewis, said, "The old stereotype that men are always criticising women's driving has been turned on its head by these results, as it's definitely women who get the most irritated. However, the results do show something that isn't a surprise, men think they have less irritating driving habits than women."

When it comes to passengers, male passengers irritate two thirds of women. Of those, 35% of women are driven mad by men who criticise their driving and 17% can't stand it when their male passenger tries to give them directions when they already know where they're going. Less than half of the men questioned found female passengers irritating, but having their driving criticised was also what annoyed them most.

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