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Snarl-ups blamed for most road rage

STRESS on the road is pushing the vast majority of company car drivers to breaking point, new research suggests.

Congestion and roadworks are causing misery for fleet drivers so in turn they admit taking out their road rage on others, tailgating and cutting up other drivers, and speeding.

A total of 64% of drivers admit to driving aggressively and 68% too close to the vehicle in front while nine in 10 regularly break the speed limit to make up time lost in traffic jams, which are said to average an extra 28 minutes on each journey.

The survey of 1,100 drivers has been carried out by windscreen experts Autoglass. Managing director Nigel Doggett said: ‘Driving can be a very stressful experience, but it seems that the delays caused by congestion and road works are pushing many fleet drivers over the edge.

‘And the situation is set to worsen over the summer, as councils take advantage of the dry weather to re-tarmac roads and complete roadworks. As we speak there are roadworks taking place on a quarter of all UK motorways. It is hardly surprising that fleet motorists are becoming frustrated.’

A total of 31% of respondents admit to jumping traffic lights, 60% cut up other drivers and 62% rush out of roundabouts or junctions.

The survey also found that two-thirds of fleet drivers speed up to make up lost time after being slowed by measures designed to improve road safety, such as road humps and speed cameras.

And four in five (79%) say fleet drivers feel inconvenienced by road safety measures and believe they are as annoying as being burgled or robbed (44%) or having their car broken into (48%).

Doggett added: ‘More needs to be done to ensure that drivers understand that road safety measures are genuinely working to keep them safe, not to inconvenience them. They must not be seen as a justification for risk-taking elsewhere.’

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