Spouses and friends are the most annoying drivers

As people head out for holiday shopping, they may be able to reduce anxiety by not going with spouses or friends, who have been voted as “most annoying drivers.”

By QuinStreet Nov 19, 2013 3:35PM

This post is from Amy Danise at partner site Insure.com.

Insure.com on MSN MoneyHoliday shopping could prove to be especially stressful for those who drive with spouses and friends. Over one-third of people name their spouses as “the most annoying driver,” and almost one-quarter point to friends.

Dangerous Drive © Vladimir Maravic, Vetta, Getty ImagesInsure.com’s new survey asked 2,000 licensed drivers about annoying drivers and their irritating habits.

Results: Who is the most annoying driver?

  1. My spouse: 36 percent
  2. A friend: 22 percent
  3. My mother: 16 percent
  4. My father: 9 percent
  5. Other: 8 percent
  6. My teen son: 5 percent
  7. My teen daughter: 4 percent

Among write-in choices for “other,” “my sister” had the most write-in votes, garnering more than 10 percent of the “other” choices.

Everyone was criticized for “following others too closely” and “driving too fast,” but mothers, fathers and wives also rattle passengers’ nerves by “driving too slowly.”

Survey respondents chose among 14 irritating habits for their “most annoying driver”:

  1. Following others too closely: 14 percent
  2. Driving too fast: 13 percent
  3. Driving too slowly: 10 percent
  4. Cutting off other drivers: 8 percent
  5. Talking on cellphone while driving: 7 percent
  6. Merging too slowly onto the highway: 6 percent
  7. Getting lost: 6 percent
  8. Taking inconvenient and/or long routes: 6 percent
  9. Fiddling with radio/CD player: 6 percent
  10. Failing to stay in their lane: 6 percent
  11. Not signaling: 5 percent
  12. Taking turns sharply: 5 percent
  13. Looking at passengers while talking: 4 percent
  14. Braking at green lights: 4 percent

How do you react to annoying drivers?While friends are as guilty as anyone else of speeding and following others too closely, passengers also say friends are often cutting off other drivers, fiddling with the radio/CD player, talking on the cellphone while driving, failing to signal and looking at passengers rather than the road while talking. All of these distractions can lead to accidents and impact car insurance rates.

So what’s a passenger to do? Most comment or yell, but a good number suffer in silence.

How do you react to annoying driving?

  1. I comment: 42 percent
  2. I don’t say a word: 20 percent
  3. I grab the door handle or dashboard: 16 percent
  4. I yell: 11 percent
  5. I make faces or noises: 9 percent
  6. Other: 2 percent

Those who chose “other” had developed individual strategies for coping with bad driving, including:

  • I crawl in the back so I can’t see
  • I look out the side window
  • I’ve given up
  • Pray
  • Close my eyes

For those gearing up for Black Friday shopping, the best bet may be to find a teen driver and enjoy the ride.


Insure.com surveyed 2,000 licensed drivers age 18 and older. Respondents were split evenly between males and females and distributed across age groups according to Census data on age distribution. The online-panel survey was fielded in October 2013.

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Nov 19, 2013 4:17PM

The most annoying drivers are the ones in the left lane driving slow and not passing anyone. 

Followed closely by the ones on their cell phones too busy to pay attention to the road.

Nov 19, 2013 4:23PM
This "survey" is incomplete. The actual #1 most rage-inducing issue are those who own the left lane and refuse to yield to the right because they're smugly self-important and need everyone to go around them as it is beneath them to move over.

Die! Left Lane SCUM! DIE!
(OK, the DIE part is a bit extreme, but...)
Nov 19, 2013 5:02PM

What about the driver that can't keep a constant speed?  Drives anywhere within a range of 15-20 miles an hour and you have to speed  up and slow down to match.  At some point you just want to ram them.

Nov 19, 2013 6:20PM
#1 annoyance?  People who seem to think a "Yield right-of-way" sign means they HAVE the right-of-way, and pull out right in front of you.

#2 People who speed up, pull around you, then brake immediately to make a right turn or pull on to an "off-ramp".

#3 People who won't move into a clear, left lane on the interstate so traffic can merge from the on-ramp.

#4 People who pull out into traffic right in front of you and then lolly-gag along so you have to dynamite the brakes to keep from running into them.

#5  People who drive like crazy in dense fog or on slippery roads.

#6 People who weave in and out of traffic, cutting in close to vehicles they are passing.

#7 People who think parking lots are race tracks.

#8 People who cut you off to get into your parking spot in parking lots.

#9 People who park so close to you, you can't back into you car.

#10 People who don't turn-on their headlights in fog, blizzards, or heavy rain.

#11 People who back up or pull out of parking spots and don't look where they are going.

#12  People who don't watch for pedestrians, pull across in front of them and run over their foot (it happened to me almost exactly one year ago.)

I think I'll stop there!!!

Nov 19, 2013 5:50PM
I used to work out of an armored car, and it was amazing at the numbers of Prius and P.T. drivers that would cut in front of us and fail to do the speed limit. Not only that, they would go 5-10 under the speed limit. I'm still trying to understand the mind set, but when you have your driver saying " Oh S**t we have a Prius up ahead " it makes me wonder about why they do it. I'm not being a wise **** Prius and P.T. drivers, I'm just trying to figure out why we had so many issues with these vehicles. Do you need to control everyone or what?  I'm serious. I just want to know.
Nov 19, 2013 4:44PM
One I don't like is the idiot ahead of me with his turn signal on for a mile then finally do turn in the other direction.
Nov 19, 2013 9:36PM
Definitely, Left Lane Campers, Left Lane Losers, Left Lane Loafers, Oblivious Left Lane Occupants, Middle Lane Loafers.  Have some situational awareness.   Agreed, do not occupy the left lane unless you are passing someone; speed up to pass then move back over. Please, it would speed up traffic considerably.  And, don't text and drive and don't read your emails on your smart phones.  When you get behind the wheel drive like you mean it and pay attention.  It would be great if we would implement the German driving test.  And, we should adopt the Autobahn driving system wherein the left lane is reserved for the fastest vehicles and there is an enforceable obligation to move out of the way of faster moving vehicles.  But alas, we waste our State Police resources on monitoring the speed limit.  Just silly.
Nov 19, 2013 9:35PM

the most stupid irritating AND DANGEROUS drivers are these:


driving under 65 on the freeway (or whatever the speed limit is).  You see these idiots all the time doing 45-55 on the freeway to save gas or to "be safe" when the entire world is flying by them.  All they do is create traffic and make an artificial hazard around themselves because everyone is trying to drive around them.


those that enter the freeway and 35-mph or thereabouts to "be safe".  Morons can't figure it out it is much easier AND SAFER to enter the freeway AT FREEWAY SPEED to blend right in and not be rear ended.  But again-these people don't want to gun their engines to get up to freeway speed fast because either they are cheap idiots who don't want to waste a drop of gas or they think by driving slow they will be safe..

Nov 19, 2013 9:52PM


Oh lets go ahead and stay in the left lane all the way to the end so that I have to slow down everyone because I have to get over instead of just frickin getting over when you see the signs.

Nov 19, 2013 11:20PM
I particularly like the pokey drivers who, when you finally get a passing lane without oncoming traffic, coincidentally morph into Mario Andretti at that very same moment.
Nov 19, 2013 4:38PM
Everyone thinks they are the world's greatest driver.
Nov 19, 2013 5:38PM

Have you ever noticed that no matter what speed you are driving, everyone who is going faster than you is a crazy **** and everyone who is driving slower than you is a stupid ****. Somehow we always seem to be driving at the  absolute perfect speed, and everyone else is wrong....LOL

Nov 19, 2013 6:00PM
The most annoying drivers are the ones trying to control other drivers.
Nov 19, 2013 7:56PM

Too many drivers are not paying attention to "driving" I have seen both men and women looking in their mirror's shaving, applying make-up. One guy had a book on his steering wheel and was reading!

I love it when a cop catches someone doing that..worst is texting and driving.


Nov 19, 2013 6:54PM
Red light runners. And by far the most dangerous, too.
Nov 19, 2013 8:39PM
People who don't signal when they merge, people who wait till the last damn minute to move over in construction, people who step on the gas the minute you pull into the left lane to pass someone else, people who think they own the road..
Nov 19, 2013 4:40PM
Get in, sit down, hold on and shut up.
Nov 19, 2013 6:14PM
The most annoying to me is the driver who is in the left lane soon to merge up above and will purposely  drive slowly  not allowing anyone behind him to also merge and then  speeds up at the end of the merge lane!  How selfish can you be!
Nov 19, 2013 4:35PM
My wife and I get in "discussions" all of the time when we drive with one another..... she doesn't like the way I drive, and vice-versa....... at least our trips together aren't boring.
Nov 20, 2013 5:57AM

1.  Left lane 'Richards' - The left lane is for passing; hence, if you are NOT passing a car or close to passing a car, you should NOT be in the lane.  If you don't like the people going faster then you or you think they are going to fast, it is up to the POLICE to enforce the speed limit, not YOU.


2.  Turn Signal Use - Most cars today come standard with turn signals.  Its really cool.  And, it is not only courteous, but lets the other drivers both in front of you (yes in front) and behind you know what you intend to do.  If I'm in front, I check my mirrors to see if the lane is clear and then put on my signal to indicate to the drivers behind me and in front of me that I am about to change lanes.  People that weave in and out unexpectedly without a signal are rude and have their head up their butt.


3.  Not merging properly - If you see a sign that says 'left (or right) lane ends, merge right (or left), it means that the lane that is not ending has the RIGHT OF WAY.  You know the lane is ending well before it does, then you act surprised and cut everyone off or run people off the road that have the right of way.  The proper way to merge is to take turns, one car from each lane.  It is not a pissing contest where people push each other off the road because they don't understand right of way.


Wow, I feel better now :)  Respect each other, read the rules, break out the manual again, and if you are uncomfortable driving, stick to the local routes and join a carpool.


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