Road rage is creating bad drivers

14.09 | 26 August 2010 |

Many drivers regularly suffer from road rage, and nearly a third admit that anger with other road users makes their own driving worse, according to a poll carried out by IAM.

Of the 1,400 respondents, 28% classed tailgating as the biggest irritation, 22% considered other drivers taking a call on their mobile as most frustrating, and centre lane hogging was the biggest annoyance for 15%. Other irritations included aggressive driving, failing to indicate and bad lane discipline.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “It’s good to see motorists disapproving of bad driving, especially mobile phone use which is on the rise, but it’s worrying that so many still get angry when driving.

“With long commutes and increased congestion making driving particularly stressful, drivers must learn to manage the ‘red mist’.

“It’s all about self control – good drivers spot the signs of potential road rage and do everything they can to steer clear of it.”

For more information contact the IAM press office on 020 8996 9777.


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