Study: Your Spouse Is The Most Annoying Driver You Know

November 18, 2013

As the holidays approach, you and your family/loved ones/significant other/pets will likely do a lot of traveling -- most of it by car. So, as if the thought of spending a long, uncomfortable afternoon with your drunk aunts, uncles, and cousins weren't stressful enough, you've also got to put up with a long drive to get there, too.

According to a new study from, that drive could be especially unpleasant, depending on who's behind the wheel. The study polled 2,000 licensed drivers 18 years of age and older to identify the most annoying drivers in our lives.

Not surprisingly, the survey found that spouses are the ones who really make our blood boil when they're driving. (We say "not surprisingly" because, let's be honest, if you're married, you're most often driving with your spouse. It's logical that they'd clock in at #1.)

Friends came in a distant second, followed by moms, dads, and teens. Here are the official responses to the question, "Who's the most annoying driver?"

  1. My spouse: 36 percent
  2. A friend: 22 percent
  3. My mother: 16 percent
  4. My father: 9 percent
  5. Other: 8 percent
  6. My teen son: 5 percent
  7. My teen daughter: 4 percent 

When asked what these maddening motorists do that's so wrong, respondents listed a range of grievances, including talking on cell phones and stopping at green lights. The top three answers were:

  1. Following others too closely: 14 percent
  2. Driving too fast: 13 percent
  3. Driving too slowly: 10 percent

Most of those surveyed (42 percent) said that they were happy to speak up when they became annoyed with a driver's habits. However, one in five (20 percent) stayed completely quiet. Another 16 percent did what we call the "mom move" of grabbing the dashboard or door handle, and 11 percent actually yelled.

Frankly, we think those last two are the acts of annoying passengers, and either would be a great way to get your tuchas left on the side of the road. But hey, what do we know?


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