As motorists prepare to take to the roads for summer holidays, research by mobility solutions specialist ‘easytrip’, has shown that constant talking and not paying attention to the road ahead is the most annoying driver trait for one in five passengers.
This was followed by drivers who drive too fast, those who have a messy car, and drivers who do not use their indicators.
When it came to describing themselves as a passenger, respondents to the survey ranked the following as the top five passenger types: The reluctant co-pilot, the snoozer, the music lover, the backseat driver, and the chatterbox.
It can be a challenge to keep children entertained on a long journey, but the family favourite game of I Spy continues to be a firm favourite for 38 percent of respondents to the easytrip survey, edging ahead of video games and portable DVD players. Other activities included singalongs, reading books or playing with toys.
Commenting on the research, Colin Delaney, CEO of easytrip, Ireland’s only combined electronic parking and tolling tag provider, says road trips are a great time to catch up with friends and family and its research has revealed some interesting findings.
"Drivers' number one priority is to pay attention to the road ahead and having a passenger acting as a co-pilot (be it in some cases reluctantly ) when needed is a great help to them especially if there’s a long journey ahead.”