Doctors are most aggressive drivers and hairdressers are friendliest, poll finds

  • Study reveals ‘direct correlations between professions and driving habits’
  • Find out which vocations are linked to speeding, poor parking and dangerous 

Doctors are the most aggressive drivers, electricians don’t indicate when leaving roundabouts and people who works in HR can’t park, according to a national survey.

The multi occupational study claims these are just some of the direct correlations between professions and driving habits – with some surprising results.

Overall, the study reveals builders are the fastest drivers on the road, with seven in ten (71 per cent) construction professionals admitting they regularly break the speed limit and hog the fast lane on the motorway (15 per cent).

Of all the different professions, builders are most likely to break the speed limit and hog the fast lane, according to a nation survey conducted by webuyanycar

Yet according to the poll of 2,000 Britons, medical professionals confess they are the most hot-headed on the roads, with a quarter (26 per cent) regularly demonstrating their annoyance at other drivers with rude hand gestures, as well as shouting out of the window (14 per cent).

Hairdressers (90 per cent) were found to be the friendliest drivers, confirming that they always thank other motorists for letting them out. 

They also return the favour by letting out an average of 13 drivers a week, higher than the British average of 10.

But HR personnel are the worst at parking, according to the data by We Buy Any Car, with three in five admitting it takes multiple attempts for them to get into a parking space and almost half always bumping the pavement when parallel parking.

A third of electricians admit they don’t always indicate when leaving a roundabout.

When it comes to merging at the last minute, lawyers (22 per cent) confess to being  the biggest culprits along with those in the media (20 per cent) and entrepreneurs (19 per cent).

Medical professionals confess they are the most hot-headed on the roads, with 26% regularly demonstrating their annoyance at other drivers with rude hand gestures, as well as shouting out of the window (14%)

Medical professionals confess they are the most hot-headed on the roads, with 26% regularly demonstrating their annoyance at other drivers with rude hand gestures, as well as shouting out of the window (14%)

Richard Evans, head of technical services at We Buy Any Car said: ‘It’s been interesting to lift the lid on the various driving traits of the nation’s professions and see how the role we do can impact how we drive.

‘While we may not be able to get a builder to stick to the speed limit or stop a lawyer merging at the last minute, we would always urge motorists to obey the driving laws and consider whether their car or van is adding to the stress of commuting.’

The data also found that 92 per cent of the nation’s drivers think that driving can be really stressful.

High traffic volumes (71 per cent), other motorists being aggressive (52 per cent), too many road closures (26 per cent), confusing road layouts (22 per cent) and frustrating speed limits (21 per cent) are the main reasons for tension at the wheel.

Four per cent worry about driving because their car is old, while three per cent admit they simply hate their car.

More than three quarters believe they are a kind and considerate driver, while one in four confess that it depends upon their mood.

Almost all motorists (96 per cent) believe that if everyone were a little friendlier, spending time on the roads would be a more pleasurable experience.

A whopping 98 per cent of Britons think they are good drivers, with a further 99 per cent describing themselves as safe on the roads. 

Despite this, three in five regularly get angry behind the wheel and seven per cent of drivers say they have had an accident in the last 12 months.

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