9 irritating passenger habits that drive us round the bend


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You're not alone if the thought of hitting the open road for a fun road trip with your friends or loved ones makes you want to pack up and get behind the wheel immediately.

But what we often find on journeys, long or short, is that our driving buddy can actually be pretty irritating. Whether you've just pulled off the driveway or you're two hours into a long haul drive, our passengers can make or, quite often, break the trip.

For Admiral's 2014 Survey of Motorists, we polled over 2,000 men and women to find out what habits annoy them most about passengers. We also asked if things have ever reached breaking point where an argument has erupted and the passenger has been unceremoniously booted out of the car.

Some 33% of the men and women we surveyed said they had fallen out with a passenger, but only 15% had ever kicked them out of their car.

So what are the annoying habits that really grind our gears?

Here are the top 9:

  • Criticising the driver's quality of driving
  • Shouting at other road users
  • Putting their feet up on the dashboard
  • Changing the radio station without permission
  • Breaking wind in the car
  • Singing along to the music
  • Asking the driver to speed up
  • Giving un-requested directions
  • Making the driver to pull over as they feel sick

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