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UK tops road rage league

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British motorists experience more aggression and rudeness on the road than any other nation, according to new research by LeasePlan.

The survey, which polled more than 3,000 drivers in 20 countries, found that British drivers were more likely than motorists across the world to be a victim of road rage.

According to the research, which has been published to mark Road safety Week, 53% had experienced verbal aggression behind the wheel, 76% had experienced aggressive gestures and 73% had been blocked in the road by another driver.

These findings put British motorists at the top of the league table when it comes to experiencing aggressive behaviour on the road, ahead of the French, the Czechs and the Germans.

The survey also found that British motorists were guilty of so-called distracted driving, with eating behind the wheel and making phone calls prominent in the statistics.

Matt Dyer, managing director at LeasePlan UK, said: “What the LeasePlan 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.

“At LeasePlan driver safety is our priority, which is why we recently applauded the Government for injecting £15 billion into improving our roads.

“We have long campaigned for more funding to be directed towards this vital part of the nation’s transport infrastructure and we hope that regardless of which party or parties form the next Government, this commitment to a ‘roads revolution’ will be delivered in a timely fashion to benefit UK drivers.”



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  • barry Halstead - 18/11/2014 11:30

    I agree with stats, but when will we start driver training for every adult on our roads to bring them to an understanding of our roads and how to drive them with courtesy and ability.most UK adults pass a test many years past but have no ongoing training-think of the jobs that could create.Better training would lead to less congestion and better understanding,also anticipation of road conditions and other driver behaviour,therefore less accidents.

  • Alan Scott-Davies - 18/11/2014 12:17

    They should have compared us to the former British Colony of Hong Kong. I've worked out there for 5 years and they are far more aggressive than British drivers. Not a true reflection.

  • Reg willcox - 18/11/2014 12:28

    Not surprised seeing as we have more foreign drivers over here on our roads than ever. Still at least we top the poll in something

  • Coltscroft - 18/11/2014 13:11

    I've driven in France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Greece, South Africa, Korea and The US and in my experience this survey is completely erroneous. The Spanish and Turks constantly gesticulate and mouth curses at every other road user. I've been threatened with a gun by another driver in the US and been almost forced off the road in South Africa on more than one occasion, and as for being blocked in no-body beats the Italians! I think the difference between us and others is that we don't accept this behaviour as acceptable and are therefore more likely to remember any occasion where we experience this sort of thing, especially on UK roads where we expect better manners.

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