Survey: Elderly Drivers Are the Most Annoying
British car insurer finds U.K. motorists also are irritated by taxi and van drivers and cyclists.
The British car insurance company Admiral recently asked more than 3,000 people which U.K. road users they find the most irritating, and older drivers topped the list. As part of the annual Admiral Survey of Motorists, 41 percent of respondents said older drivers “get them hot under the collar,” followed by taxi drivers, 37 percent; cyclists, 36 percent; and van drivers, 34 percent.
All ages besides those 60 and above cited elderly drivers as the most annoying. For seniors, cyclists topped the list, at 35 percent, while only 22 percent said they find other elderly motorists the most irritating.
"It's surprising to see that such a high number of people voted for elderly motorists, which shows they've obviously hit a nerve with the driving public,” Sue Longthorn, Admiral’s managing director, said in statement. “However, as the statistics show, this irritation lessens as people get older and shifts onto cyclists and young male motorists.
“The reason many people find elderly motorists irritating could be because they tend to drive more carefully and are not in such a rush compared to many other road users," Longthorn said. "So many motorists are in a rush these days, they get impatient with anyone they think is slowing them down."
We speculate that those impatient people who find elderly drivers the most irritating are probably the ones whom U.S. drivers find the most irritating.
There are the young guns in their loud tuner cars buzzing around in traffic like pesky mosquitoes, and old guys on even louder Harleys disturbing the peace while playing out their biker fantasies. Almost every metropolitan area has the self-important business execs tailgating other drivers in their luxury sedans, while their blue-collar counterparts in jacked-up pickup trucks typically loom large in the rearview mirrors of others in more rural areas.
While there may be some cultural and regional differences between U.K. and U.S. motorists and between urban and rural drivers in both countries, we also have some common ground.
When Admiral asked motorists what irritates them most about other road users, the highest number of votes went to tailgating, at 74 percent, closely followed by using mobile phones while behind the wheel, 73 percent. We would add to that drivers who cruise in the passing lane with a long trail of cars behind them.
For me it's women in SUV's or Minivans. No turn signals b/c they use that hand to talk on their phones. No cruise control so their speed varies with the intensity of their conversation. I give them a wide berth, especially when I'm riding my motorcycle.
Old people are just being careful. If I live long enough, I hope to be one too!
Its a little of everyone, the young can speed and be reckless. I have seen that with middle age men or women. My worst are BMW, Lexus, some Mercedes, they weave in and out traffic, don't use signals.
Speeding and more.
Now by the time you can afford one of those 3 your not 21 anymore. I'm getting up there in age, but still drive good, not blocking passing lanes etc...
And note, I said passing expediently. It DOES annoy me when people pull into the left lane to pass someone going 65mph and they are passing at 66mph. Conduct your business swiftly and please return to the right lane.
The elderly are more likely to pay attention and drive the speed limit and thus aggravate younger drivers who are too busy texting, looking at a nav screen, watching a new video, blog, or you tube video, eating, reading, putting on make-up, talking to the friend in the back seat, and basically ignoring the road, other drivers and the laws,
so yes those pesky elderly are the problem.
"The elderly are more likely to pay attention and drive the speed limit and thus aggravate younger drivers who are too busy texting, looking at a nav screen, watching a new video, blog, or you tube video, eating, reading, putting on make-up, talking to the friend in the back seat, and basically ignoring the road, other drivers and the laws,
so yes those pesky elderly are the problem."
NOOO, they are annoying because they drive like they are debilitated. While I recognize that cognitive faculties and reaction times slow down in elderly humans, I can not agree with the blatant egotism of the elderly behind the steering wheel who think only of themselves:
"I'm retired, I've got all day, and I'm in no rush", or even worse "the world owes me".
The world owes favors to scientists and Nobel prize winners, to poets and painters, to musicians, artists; people who have contributed to advancement of society in general, people who have helped others (like Mahatma Gandhi for instance). The world does not owe the Average Joe anything, and will certainly not owe me anything when I retire just because I am elderly, unless I have earned it by pushing society as a whole forward! It is pure, blatant egotism, and that is what is so annoying!
so many folks want life to move at lightning speed. these folks need to calm down, slow down, be patient, and courteous. one truth EVERYBODY has got to realize...."LIFE DOES NOT EVOLVE AROUND JUST ONE PERSON NOR JUST ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE!.
keep one thing in mind people..."we are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon", we certainly are NOT dust in the wind! we all have a value unique to our own selves, we are NOT egalitarian JUNK! we come from distinct humble classes. it is the pretentious side of the human race making things difficult for the rest of us real thinking beings. if we all got along, life would be very meaningless and "personality" would be of nigh!
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