Road rage statistics in the UK ‘worrying’

Car driver experiencing road rage.

A massive 81 per cent of drivers in the UK have been victims of road rage at some point while on the roads, according to new statistics.

The figures come from research undertaken by comparison site Carwow, which shows that in nearly half of road rage cases, angry motorists have followed drivers aggressively up the road.

Not only that, but five per cent of victims reported that they had been physically attacked by other motorists, while four per cent said that their car had been damaged as a direct result of road rage.

81 per cent of drivers victims of road rage

Rather than just be innocent bystanders, however, an incredible one in five of those 1,000 people surveyed said that they themselves had gotten out of their car to confront another driver.

This reveals a worrying trend for frustration, the company says, with almost half of those questioned saying that they found city driving the most irritating journey, while a quarter said motorways stressed them out the most.

Head of driving standards for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Pete Rodger, said: “This research highlights a common problem on UK roads, and no matter how you look at it, driving dangerously to try and teach someone a lesson is never the solution.

“We’d recommend plenty of forward planning, give other drivers room, stay in control and try to stay calm – everybody makes mistakes.”

The survey also asked drivers to name their main reasons for road rage, with three quarters claiming that bad driving riled them up more than any other thing on the road.

Likewise, nearly a third said that slow drivers were likely to push them over the edge, while six per cent said that they got angry due to another driver behaving aggressively towards them.

The study is backed up from figures released from 15 police forces across the country back in March, which stated that British drivers are now more likely to be involved in a road rage incident than ever before.

According to the stats, the number of aggressive motoring incidents has risen by a huge 59 per cent, with 1,331 separate incidents reported to police between 2013 and 2014.

However, police have said that categorising road rage can be a problem, with most forces agreeing that they didn’t officially record it as a criminal offence, meaning the figures could be much higher in reality.

Police say road rage is on the rise

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.

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