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Rage in a cage

Leeds has been revealed as the road rage capital of the UK, according to research.

From a poll of 2,000 UK drivers, it emerged that 65 per cent of Leeds residents have suffered anger on the roads – with nearly one in 10 saying it happens “often”.

Seven in 10 motorists in Leeds also admit to shouting at other drivers, and a third confessed to making rude hand gestures when frustrated in traffic

In second place came York, with motorists likely to shout and swear at other drives on the road.

Those in Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow are also guilty of seeing red when behind the wheel.

By contrast, Sheffield was found to be the city with the fewest incidences of road rage, with 46 per cent saying they “never” lose their temper.

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The study was conducted by the Accident Advice Helpline, whose spokesman David Carter said:

“It’s very easy to get frustrated while driving – it happens to nearly all of us at some point. But road rage can end up being really dangerous. If you experience a bout of road rage you may end up driving more erratically than whoever annoyed you in the first place. Our study found motorists take almost 10 minutes after a road rage incident thinking it over in their minds, which could leave them dangerously distracted.”


Despite not appearing in the top 10 worst cities for road rage, drivers from Southampton were found to be most likely to lean on their horn to blast another driver when frustrated on the roads.

In Liverpool you’re less likely to get tooted as half of the population say that they’ve never had to tooth another road user

And one in 20 Londoners have actually gotten into a fist-fight with another road user due to a driving argument getting out of hand.

Across the UK, the average road-related temper tantrum lasts just for a few seconds, but it can take more than four minutes to calm down afterwards.


Although one in five respondents said their road rage could leave them shaking with fury for up to five minutes after the event, with drivers in Bristol left raging longest.

And the peak time for fuming road users was discovered to be precisely 12:54pm, during the lunchtime rush – unless you’re in Leeds, in which case the roads are best avoided between 8-9am, and 5-6pm.

Surprisingly, women were found to be slightly more prone to road rage than men – with 60 per cent of females admitting to getting wound up while driving, compared to 56 per cent of men.

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Someone cutting across lanes unexpectedly was revealed as the most common cause of road rage, with 66 per cent picking it as their top driving bugbear.

This was followed by motorway tailgaters flashing their lights to move you out of the way, and seeing someone on their mobile when driving.

Other driving habits guaranteed to infuriate are people falsely parking in disabled bays, people parking over two bays in a car park and drivers not using their indicators when turning.


One in 10 motorists in the UK admit they’ve rolled their window down to shout at someone for poor driving, and a fifth have clapped sarcastically at another driver to wind them up.

Brits will get angry behind the wheel an average of six times per year, and the red mist is more likely to descend on roads they know well than unfamiliar territory.

David Carter said:

“The common stereotype of someone suffering from road rage is a ‘white van man’ abusing other drivers. But our study found that’s not always the case, and in fact women are slightly more susceptible to it than men. This proves that road rage can really happen to anyone, but it’s important to try to maintain calm and not do anything while driving that could put you, or other motorists, at risk.”


  1. Leeds
  2. York
  3. Newcastle
  4. Liverpool
  5. Glasgow
  6. Birmingham
  7. Cardiff
  8. London
  9. Leicester
  10. Bristol



  1. Someone cutting you up
  2. People who tailgate you and flash lights on the motorway to get you to move over
  3. Seeing someone on their mobile when driving
  4. Someone not indicating when turning left or right
  5. Someone not indicating when changing lanes
  6. Someone not indicating when using a roundabout
  7. People who sit in the middle lane on the motorway
  8. Someone parking over two bays in a car park
  9. People who slam on their brakes at the last minute to change lanes
  10. Someone parking in a disabled bay when they aren’t disabled