Britain’s Potty-Mouthed Drivers Swear Every Two-And-A- Half Miles

Mon 1st Oct 2018

A major survey of UK driving habits has found that the average driver will swear 41 times for every 100 miles they travel.

The poll, conducted by Hyundai as part of their Clean Driving campaign, surveyed 2000 drivers and found that when a typical motorist commutes 373 miles in a month, they will likely say a curse word 152 times on average.

Those who do the school run usually travel 64 miles a month, and even with kids in the car will shout out expletives 26 times!

Hyundai’s research also found that 84 per cent of those polled weren’t aware that they naughty language or hand signals could result in a driving fine for ‘disorderly behaviour’.

As part of Clean Driving™ Month, Hyundai have teamed up with consumer psychologist Patrick Fagan, who’s provided some tips on how Brits can help clean up their attitude behind the wheel.

He said: “It’s interesting to see that British drivers swear as often as 41 times every 100 miles, the challenge is making sure drivers don’t cross over from ‘auto annoyance’ to ‘road rage’. There are ways that everyone can ensure they’re in a positive mindset when they get behind the wheel – from removing distractions, listening to peaceful music or eating some chocolate.”

The M25 is seen as the most foul-mouthed road in the UK, with the M6 and M1 following closely behind in the swearing stakes.

The things that make people want to swear range from getting cut up, seeing people park over two spaces and seeing someone text while driving and being in the car seems to bring out the best in Britain’s swearers as 40% polled said that they tend to swear the most often when behind the wheel.


  • 1. Someone cutting you up

  • 2. When someone nearly changes lanes into you

  • 3. When you see someone texting and driving

  • 4. When someone doesn't use their indicator

  • 5. A pedestrian stepping into the road without looking

  • 6. When someone leaves their high beams on

  • 7. Someone driving too slowly in front of you

  • 8. When people park over two spaces

  • 9. When someone doesn't thank you for waiting for them

  • 10. When someone stays in the middle lane of the motorway

  • 11. Getting stuck behind a tractor

  • 12. When someone beeps at you

  • 13. When a cyclist runs a red light

  • 14. When a lorry slowly overtakes another one, causing a tailback

  • 15. When you get flashed by a speed camera

  • 16. When you're stuck in traffic

  • 17. Getting stuck behind a cyclist

  • 18. Running late

  • 19. Being stuck in a traffic jam

  • 20. When someone undertakes you on the motorway

  • 21. Someone speeding past you

  • 22. Getting stuck behind a lorry

  • 23. When someone takes too long to park

  • 24. When people 'rubberneck' at traffic accidents

  • 25. One of your passengers 'backseat driving'

  • 26. Getting stuck behind a bus

  • 27. Getting stuck behind a milk float

  • 28. Hitting a red light

  • 29. Having to slow down for speed bumps

  • 30. Being held up by an accident up ahead