Car litter louts are the biggest bugbear for drivers, a new AA Populus poll has found, followed by large groups of cyclists and dodgy parkers.

More than one quarter of drivers (28%) think that people throwing rubbish out the window is the most annoying habit in the summer.

  • Car Litter louts
  • Large groups of cyclists
  • Dodgy parkers
  • Slow caravans
  • Car ghetto blasters
  • Dawdling drivers
  • Sightseers
  • Tractor boys
  • Overloaded cars
  • Groups of motorcyclists

In the last three years, over 364,000 bags of litter have been collected from the roadsides along England’s main roads, according to Highways England. That is over 330 bags collected a day, and each bag costs taxpayers around £40.

“There is no excuse for tossing out litter,” AA President Edmund King said. “Car occupants should bag it and bin it at home.

“Many of the other pet hates concerned groups slowing drivers down by being lost, slow or indecisive. Drivers need to be more patient in the summer on the roads because anything can happen. By checking your car, route and being prepared, you are less likely to get hot under the collar and more likely to reach your destinations safely.”