Many motorists ‘lack festive cheer’

Christmas may be the time of peace and goodwill to all but it seems the festive feeling does not extend to the roads, new research suggests.

Motorists surveyed by Halfords Autocentres reported that incidents of “aggressive, impatient and inconsiderate” driving were more common over the holiday season.

And almost a quarter (23%) of them cited things such as lane hogging and failing to indicate properly – behaviour that is known to cause road traffic accidents – as particular problems.

Halfords Autocentres’ Rory Carlin said the survey reveals many motorists noticed “a general lack of courteous driving” over the holiday period, which saw millions taking to the roads for Christmas and New Year visits, shopping trips and holidays.

‘Tempers flare’

He added: “It seems that the festivities take their toll on the nation’s road manners and tempers flare leading to less kindness and unselfish behaviour from some motorists.”

Another common bugbear that was highlighted by the survey, however, suggests that some motorists may not be up to speed when it comes to their knowledge of the Highway Code.

Some drivers reported that other motorists are less inclined to let others out at junctions during the festive season. But the Highway Code says motorists on a main carriageway are not required to let out drivers who are waiting at junctions.

Meanwhile, impatient motorists who roll out onto a carriageway to try and force traffic to stop and let them out are, in effect, illegally creating an obstruction, an offence that can be punished by a fine or penalty points.

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