July 16, 2013 Leave a comment
A new survey from You Gov on behalf of Admiral insurers says that road rage is growing worse with nearly half Britain’s drivers saying they had experienced the red mist.
More than one in three admitted it had made them drive more aggressively, a survey reveals today.
Nearly one in ten (9%) of drivers have been threatened with physical violence during road rage incidents and 8% say they have even followed another driver after a dispute.
Drivers say offensive gestures, full-blown arguments and even threats of physical violence are commonplace on the roads and more than half of them say the road rage problem is getting worse.
The main causes of road rage are being cut up by other drivers (67%), other road users not indicating (65%), general rudeness (61%) and driving too slowly (43%) is seen as more annoying than driving too fast (30%).
The YouGov survey of more than 3,000 drivers also found that more than half (56%) of motorists think other road users are generally less courteous than 5 years ago.
James Carnduff, of Admiral, said: “It’s bad enough letting yourself be annoyed by other road users, but following them or even worse, reverting to violence is ridiculous.
“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?”
And Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “Safe driving requires concentration, observation and anticipation as well as a responsible attitude to other road users.
“This is often easier said than done, as our driving can be affected by our mood, our reaction to the behaviour of other people and frustration caused by traffic delays.
“Unfortunately, this can result in some drivers getting angry and stressed and taking this out on other people by tailgating, exceeding speed limits, undertaking, and generally driving aggressively.
“This sort of driving increases the chances of the angry driver causing an accident, which in the worst cases, can mean people losing their lives.”
The survey also found that those who experience road rage is evenly split between men and women, but men are more likely to drive aggressively, have arguments, follow drivers and make offensive gestures.