Drivers' summer pet hates

Car litter louts are biggest bugbear for drivers

Car litter louts are biggest bugbear for drivers

Car litter louts are biggest bugbear for drivers

More than a quarter of drivers (28%) think that people throwing rubbish out of the window is the most annoying habit in the summer, according to a new AA-Populus poll of 21,877 members.

Those aged 18-24 year olds were least likely (17%) to think that throwing rubbish out of the window is annoying, suggesting that they might be more likely to throw rubbish out of the window themselves.

Drivers aged 45-54 were most likely (32%) to think that throwing rubbish out of the window is the most annoying thing. which perhaps shows they are less likely to throw rubbish out the window.

Regional

Scottish drivers are the least likely to highlight car litter louts whilst drivers in the East Midlands are most likely to highlight this problem.

330 bags of litter/day

In the last three years there have been over 364,000 bags of litter collected from the roadsides along England’s main roads according to Highways England. That is over 330 bags collected a day, and each bag roughly costs £40 to tax payers. 

The total sum spent on collecting rubbish from the roadside is over £14,500,000. Collecting the litter also puts workers’ lives at risk.

Other summer bugbears

After litter, the next most annoying things during the summer for drivers were large groups of cyclists, cited by 21% of men and 23% of woman, followed by inconsiderate parking.

Drivers' top ten summer pet hates are:

  1. Car Litter louts
  2. Large groups of cyclists
  3. Inconsiderate parking
  4. Slow caravans
  5. Car ghetto blasters
  6. Dawdling drivers
  7. Sightseers
  8. Tractors
  9. Overloaded cars
  10. Groups of motorcyclists

Car litter louts are a needless menace who cost the country millions, spoil our environment and put road workers’ lives at risk

Edmund King OBE, AA President

A needless menace

Commenting, Edmund King OBE, AA president, said: “Car litter louts are a needless menace who cost the country millions, spoil our environment and put road workers’ lives at risk. There is no excuse for tossing out litter; car occupants should bag it and bin it at home.

“Many of the other most common pet hates concerned other road users slowing drivers down by being lost, slow or indecisive. Drivers need to be more patient in the summer on the roads because anything can happen.

“By checking your car, planning your route and being prepared, drivers are less likely to get hot under the collar and more likely to reach their destinations safely.”

(14 July 2016)