A survey carried out by The Van Discount Company, revealed an alarming insight into the way in which people deal with road rage in the UK.
The survey questioned 500 road users aged over 18 and looked at how road rage experiences differed across age, gender and the vehicles involved.
The results showed that out of 54% of people who had experienced road rage in the last 12 months, 41% praised bus drivers as the safest drivers on UK roads, whilst white van drivers were considered the least safe. However, when asked who the most frustrating vehicle is on the road, white van drivers were surprisingly down the bottom, with Taxi drivers accused as being the No.1 most frustrating drivers with 24% of the vote.
Of those admitting to how they dealt with their traffic temper tantrums, 40% of car drivers claimed they experienced road rage at least once a week with 4% blaming drivers blocking their visibility of the road ahead caused the most frustration.
An alarming 11% of drivers confessed to switching their vehicle lights on full beam in an attempt to vent their frustration to another road user, whilst 4% of drivers admitted to threatening to damage another road user’s vehicle.
When comparing gender, the survey revealed that 44% of women aged 18-34 were most likely to swear at another driver when experiencing anger on our roads, whilst 21% of men in the same age bracket usually c hose to use hand gestures to the other driver.
They survey also discovered that 40% of women aged 50+ experience road rage at least once a month, whereas 79% of men aged over 50 claimed they rarely experienced road rage.
Overall 64% of users questioned in the survey claimed that anti-road rage campaigns would be beneficial to making a difference on UK roads; however 36% believed it would be no help at all.