The amount of anger on the UK’s roads gives the lie to the idea that Britain is a nation of non-confrontational, stiff upper lips.
Nearly half of drivers have experienced road rage, with such widespread frustration helping to fuel the rise in road traffic accident claims.
A third (32%) of motorists confessed to suffering a bout of road rage more than once a week, according to a survey of 3,120 drivers by Admiral.
Among those prone to temper tantrums behind the wheel, a fifth admitted having full-on arguments with other road users, while 36% said a road rage incident had made them drive more aggressively.
Road traffic accident risk
Approximately 8% of those quizzed have gone so far as to follow another driver who had been aggressive or disrespectful towards them, putting themselves and the other driver at risk and potentially sparking the personal injury claims process.
The number one cause of road rage is being cut up, followed by displays of rudeness – while it also appears driving too slowly is more likely to trigger a violent outburst in a fellow driver than driving too fast.
“It’s bad enough letting yourself be annoyed by other road users but following them, or even worse reverting to violence, is ridiculous,” Admiral spokesman James Carnduff said.
“You have to ask yourself is it worth getting that upset at other road users? Will getting angry achieve anything other than raising your blood pressure and negatively impacting your driving?”
The survey also uncovered the following facts:
- 44% of motorists think learners should have lessons for at least a year before being allowed to take their test to reduce the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident;
- 77% reckon it should be illegal to smoke while driving if there are children in the car;
- 78% say the motorway speed limit should be 80mph or more;
- 11% admit to speeding frequently, while 26% said they have used a mobile phone to make or receive calls while driving;
- 19% have had their car vandalised or maliciously damaged in the last five years;
- 48% would like to see the drink-drive limit lower than it is now.