Not being left enough space to pass on tight roads has been named as the biggest annoyance for UK van drivers in a survey by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The survey of 1,000 drivers saw the issue named by 31% of respondents, just ahead of small parking spaces, and not being let out into traffic, which were both cited by 30% of drivers.

Other annoyances named in the survey included: cyclists coming up alongside a van at a junction (26%); being cut up at roundabouts (26%); drivers sitting in blind spots (23%); tailgating (23%); and getting trapped in yellow boxes by cars braking in front (21%).

However, 11% of drivers surveyed did not name any annoyances.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles head of fleet Claire English said: “Following a few months where many van drivers and key workers have had the roads almost to themselves when carrying out their vital work, it seems a fitting time to remind all road users to drive considerately and help each other out. 

“Some situations are of course unavoidable, but this survey reveals the most common mistakes and habits that can cause difficulties and in some cases distress on the roads.

“We’re committed to improving the driving experience for all of our customers which is why we offer leading driver assistance systems such as Lane Change Assist – Side Scan to help with blind spot monitoring, AEB to help prevent tailgating incidents and even Park Assist, with rear view cameras, to help with even the tightest parking spaces.”