British drivers are now more likely to be involved in a road rage incident than ever before, according to new police figures.
According to the stats, the number of aggressive motoring incidents has risen by a massive 59 per cent, with almost a fifth of drivers saying they’ve been involved in a punch-up with another motorist.
More than half of drivers involved in physical altercations
Data obtained from 15 police forces across the country has revealed that road rage is increasing year-on-year. Between 2013 and 2014, police recorded 1,331 separate incidents.
However, categorising road rage seems to be proving a problem, as most forces said that they didn’t officially record it as an offence, meaning that the figures could be much higher in reality.
In total, 37 per cent of drivers have reported that they’ve been involved with road rage of some form, while 15 per cent amazingly claim to have been involved in 10 or more rage-related incidents.
Nearly three quarters believe that road rage involves physically abusing another road user, while more than two-thirds also see verbally abusing other drivers as classifying as road rage too.
This follows from figures released last November, which showed that Britain is now officially one of the worst countries on the planet for road rage-related incidents.
At the time, the results reported that a massive 76 per cent of British drivers have been victims of aggressive gestures from other road users while driving.
The second-worst country for road rage was France, with 73 per cent of drivers experiencing some form of aggression from others, while Germany fell into third place with 43 per cent.
On the flip-side, Turkey was found to have the most polite drivers, with only 23 per cent of Turkish motorists reporting that they were the victims of aggressive gestures and behaviour from other drivers.
Congested roads could send tempers rising
Precisely what makes British motorists so uniquely infuriated is currently unknown, though speculation suggests that the worst road rage incidents correlate with high traffic congestion.
Tight city streets, blocked-up motorways and similar places set tempers rising, and also contribute to increases in CO2 emissions and a reduction in fuel economy.
A spokesman for the survey said: “What our research has uncovered is that heavily-congested roads and busy lives are taking their toll on UK drivers, and this is resulting in worrying levels of poor driver behaviour.”
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