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Drivers share bad driving excuses

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A third of motorists state tiredness as the cause of their bad driving, a new poll has shown.

A survey of 3,000 motorists by Autoglass found that 32% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they have driven badly due to tiredness, while a quarter of 34 to 44-year-olds blamed their bad road actions on their hurry to avoid being late.

Findings of the research, which aimed to identify the top ten excuses motorists give to justify their off-kilter driving, found that nearly half (44%) of those polled said they drove poorly because of their frustration with other bad drivers.

Bad driving offences usually lead to fines, penalty points and higher car insurance premiums.

The survey found that more than a third (34%) of road users admitted being nervous while behind the wheel which led them to drive badly, while 15% said a hangover had affected their driving habits.

Other excuses which completed the top ten list included exhaustion, road rage, grumpiness, fights with a partner and boredom.

Matthew Mycock, managing director at Autoglass, said: "When accidents are caused by bad driving habits, there isn't much that can be said to excuse the incident; the bottom line is that it is an extremely serious matter which needs to be addressed, rather than accepting a feeble excuse, potentially putting themselves but importantly other road users at risk."

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