800 lives are lost on Britain’s roads through accidents caused by road rage or disrespectful driving, according to a recent report.
A nationwide independent survey carried out by AXA also calculated that nearly £945m of premiums could be saved if British motorists could rid themselves of their aggression and disrespect.
The survey found that almost four in 10 drivers involved in the 222,100 accidents on British roads every year say they were frightened or angered by other road users in the critical moments before a crash.
Pete Marsh, a motoring psychologist, said: “The AXA study highlights clearly the powerful psychological forces at work when we get behind the wheel of a car.
“Our cars may be safer than before and our roads increasingly designed to reduce accidents but unless we recognise and deal with the strong emotional aspects of motoring, the factors that give rise to uncharacteristic belligerence and sheer bloody-mindedness, we may never be able to reduce much further the number of people who die unnecessarily on Britain’s highways.”
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