A study has found motorists view BMW owners as the UK’s most annoying drivers.

The research – carried out by car finance experts Zuto – also revealed more than half (51%) of UK motorists admit to getting angry when they’re behind the wheel on a regular basis.

When it came to the car makes that have the most frustrating drivers, it was revealed that the “brands with the worst reputation” are BMW (19.3%), Range Rover (16.4%) and Mini (11.6%).

Asking 1,000 participants “Which car manufacturer do you think is the most annoying?”, respondents said:

  • BMW – 19.3%
  • Range Rover – 16.4%
  • Mini – 11.6%
  • Volkswagen -7.8%
  • Vauxhall – 7.4%
  • Mercedes – 7.2%
  • Ford – 6.6%
  • Nissan – 6.0%
  • Audi – 5.6%
  • Toyota – 4.4%
  • Other (please state) – 7.9%

When it came to the infuriating driving habits that other motorists had, “cars getting too close behind you” was picked out as the number one pet peeve (53%). Another big irritation for drivers is when other motorists either use late or no indicators – this was selected by 50% of people.

The five biggest pet peeves for drivers are:

  • Cars getting too close behind you – 53%
  • Late or no indication – 51%
  • ‘Boy racers’ – 48%
  • Slow drivers – 37%
  • Hogging the middle lane on the motorway – 29%

Commenting on the research, Lucy Sherliker, Head of Customer at Zuto says: “Whilst we can often think of driving as just a way of getting from one place to another, this research proves that it’s often a cause of great frustration for people in the UK.”

“Whether it be the driver’s fault or even the roads themselves, driving can make many of us quite emotional at times.”

“We would always encourage drivers to remain calm on the roads and look to respect others, no matter how annoying the situation may be!”

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