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81% of drivers have been a victim of road rage

That’s according to research by new car buying platform carwow, which also finds that 5% of victims reported they had been physically attacked and 4% claimed their car had been damaged as a result of road rage. Incredibly, one in five respondents said they had got out of their car to confront someone.

carwow’s survey also asked respondents to name the reasons for road rage, with 74% claiming it was because of bad driving, 30% saying other drivers are too slow and six% getting road rage because another driver got angry at them.

carwow’s figures – taken from a survey of 1000 UK drivers – also reveal a worrying trend for frustration on Britain’s increasingly crowded road network. Almost half of drivers found city driving to be the most frustrating, while one in four said that motorway journeys were sure to rub them up the wrong way.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ Head of Driving Standards, 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.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.