Using cellphone while driving is ‘most annoying road behavior’
According to the latest Touring survey, using a hand-held device such as a smartphone while driving is the most annoying behavior on the road. It’s closely followed in the ranking by not indicating and too high speeds. Touring calls for more controls, intelligent cameras, and average speed check zones.
In its latest survey, the Belgian motorist association Touring has measured the pulse of the average Belgian driver and asked him/her to rank the most annoying driving behaviors. Not surprisingly, changing lane without indicating, and too high speeds both sit in the top 3 with 51% and 50%.
Annoying and dangerous
For the rest, drivers clogging the central lane wind 39% of the respondents up. Then follows aggressive driving (34%), cutting off other road users (31%), following the previous car too close or tailgating (19%), blocking a crossroad (16%), and double-parking (11%). Strangely, other motorists running a red light only annoy 4% of the respondents.
More police checks
However, one bad driving behavior tops the ranking. Using a cellphone, a smartphone, or other hand-held devices while driving winds up 56% of the surveyed motorists. That being said, Touring indicates that the number of fines is dropping. In 2018, the police issued 1.625 fewer fines for using a cellphone while driving than in 2017.
Touring calls on the authorities to act with a firm hand and increase the number of intelligent cameras and average speed check zones in high-risk areas. The association also rejoices that middle lane clogging is now punishable by a 116-euro fine. Be it as it may, Touring still regrets the lack equipment to track down this offense.