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Where Do You Find Britain’s Worst Drivers?

Driving Study

David Taylor

01st Dec 2017

Driving is one of the pleasures of life. Open road. Pedal to the floor. The hum of a well-oiled engine. Truly one of life’s pure delights. Or, at least it would be, were it not for the millions of bad drivers who plague Britain’s roads. You know who they are. The middle lane hoggers. The tailgaters. The speeders. Not only do they make the driving experience less enjoyable, but they also make it far more dangerous. While we may never quite know why these drivers commit such irritating transgressions, we can find out where in England these drivers come from. Using police data, obtained under a freedom of information request, we’ve been able to access basic location information issued on fixed penalty notices (FPN). Given for a variety of offences including speeding, lane hogging and using a handheld phone while driving, we’ve been able to data mine the location data, allowing us to map where you can find the most offenders of each act in the UK below. For the raw data and a full explanation of how we conducted this study, please find a full methodology at the bottom of this article.

Britain’s Most Speeders

graphic showing where you find Britain's most speeders The worst speeding offenders in the UK can be found in the East of England. Including the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, the region committed 325,963 speeding offences in 2016, which works out at roughly 1 out of every 18 drivers committing a speeding offence once we calculate for population size. On the slow side, we have the region of Greater London. With a total of 100,875 speeding offences, that works out at 1 out of every 81 people committing a speeding offence in 2016. This result will be of little surprise to anyone who frequently drives on London’s gridlocked roads.

Britain’s Most Middle Lane Hoggers

graphic showing where you find britain's most middle lane hoggers Famous for being the home of delights such as the Lake District, Manchester United and Blackpool Promenade, the North West of England is also home to the most middle lane hoggers. Picking up 7954 fixed penalty notices in 2016, that works out at 1 out of every 887 drivers middle lane hogging. If middle lane hogging is one of the bad driving habits that you just can’t bear, then you may want to consider moving to the North East of England. The region only picked up 67 fixed penalty notices for improper lane conduct in 2016, which works out at 1 out of 38,759 drivers committing the offence.

Britain’s Biggest Phone Offenders

graphic showing where you find britain's worst drivers Car incidents caused by drivers using mobile phones reach the thousands each year; so it’s no surprise that the police are taking the offence very seriously. The number one region for the most phone offenders is England’s capital, London. Picking up a total of 158,378 tickets, that works out at 1 in every 52 drivers committing a phone offence in 2016. On the safe side is, again, the North East of England. Not only does the North East respect proper lane conduct, but they also received the least fixed penalty notices for using a handheld phone while driving.

Britain’s Most Hated Bad Driving Habit

graphic showing the most hated bad driving habits So out of all the bad driving habits you are likely to encounter on Britain’s roads, which are the acts that send you into an absolute rage? Is it the slow driver? The bad parker? Or is it the right on your bumper, tailgater? To find out, we’ve turned to Twitter. Analysing over 450,000 tweets using the hashtag #roadrage, we’ve looked at the Top 3 bad driving habits that are driving you insane. View the most hated bad driving habit in your city using the mp or the table.


All statistics that feature in this article have been collated using police data. By analysing the location of fixed penalty notices issued on the police database, we’ve been able to total up and then assess which region is committing the most driving offences. All statistics have been adapted to account for population sizes. Britain’s Most Hated Bad Driving habit data was collated using data taken from Twitter. All hashtags using the #roadrage were taken from Twitter, split into city location and then analysed for their specific content. If you would like to access the full and raw dataset visit the google document here:
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