Driving might be the only activity on the planet that the more you practice it, the worse you get. Weird, right? Pass your P-plate test and, in the months that follow, you're a shining example of considerate driving, dutifully checking your mirrors, keeping your hands at "10-and-2" and staying glued to the prescribed speed limit.
But as the years pass, we get sloppy. Lazy, even. Suddenly our "10-and-2" becomes a single hand - or even a single finger - mounted at 12 o'clock exactly. Our mirrors become mere fashion accessories, and posted speed limits more of a guide than a hard and fast rule.
So allow us to present to you the five most common driving mistakes everyone is making, all of which have been ranked using the scientific method of which annoys us the most, and how to fix them.
1. Not paying attention
There’s a common misconception that, while looking at your phone for a moment is a potentially lethal distraction punishable by death (well, a whopping great fine and a hit to your demerit-point balance), fiddling with things that are actually attached to the car is no problem at all.
Spending two or three minutes tuning radio stations or Pandora playlists, punching in navigation settings or playing with your car’s ambient interior lighting settings (pink, blue, yellow, white!) while your car wobbles on up the road like a drunken slinky is fine, right? Wrong.