December 18, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Bikes Reveal Top Five Annoyances for Bikers on the Road

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2011) - Drivers not using their indicators correctly are the leading cause of irritation among motorcyclists, according to a survey by Swinton bike insurance.

Swinton Bikes, one of the UK's leading retailers of cheap motorcycle insurance, revealed that an astonishing 53% of motorcycle riders find drivers not using their indicators properly to be the most annoying thing they experience while out on the road.

The survey, which polled 1000 motorbike owners, also revealed that 21% of bikers get irate when a driver discards a cigarette butt out of the window, with around a fifth of them saying they had been hit by a cigarette thrown from a car.

As well as citing potholes and poor observation as cause for annoyance, around a third of motorcyclists admitted that during bad weather, their biggest concern is the behaviour of fellow motorists.

Some said they were more worried about others lacking 'observational skills' while out on the road in poor conditions, such as heavy rain or strong winds.

According to the results, the top five annoyances for motorcyclists were:

  1. Motorists not using their indicators correctly (53%)
  2. Drivers flicking cigarette butts out of their window (21%)
  3. Potholes or uneven road surfaces (11%)
  4. Drivers overtaking unnecessarily in unsafe weather conditions (9%)
  5. Ineffective use of mirrors, poor observations and general awareness by others on the road (6%)

Antony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes, said: "It is easy to see how these things could annoy a motorcyclist on the road; however, dangerous situations can arise as a result. Becoming irate on the bike can often mean the rider getting distracted, which can cause accidents. It's important that riders keep calm and collected, whatever the situation - the right motorbike insurance can also provide security, should the worst happen."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden at Manchester PR Agency SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk.

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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