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Revealed: The main triggers that induce Irish road rage

Survey reveals we also vent fury on drivers who don't indicate - and cyclists

Published 15/07/2015 | 02:30

One-in-five (18pc) lose their patience or their cool on a regular basis
One-in-five (18pc) lose their patience or their cool on a regular basis

We are an impatient, quick-to-anger nation of drivers, judging by the findings of a new survey.

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Independent Motors can exclusively reveal its details today.

It shows that slow - not fast - drivers are the main triggers of road rage among motorists.

It found that one-in-four of those surveyed (25pc) admitted it made them upset and angry.

The survey on road behaviour in Ireland was conducted, as part of a wider study, by 'Car Finance 2 Go' and evaluated the responses of 300 drivers across the country.

High on the list of other complaints were drivers who don't indicate.

They accounted for nearly one-in-five (18pc) losing their patience or their cool and were described by those motorists as being the worst offenders on the road

Strangely enough we seem to be less infuriated with speeding drivers than we do with slow ones.

The speedsters came in for only 16pc of all complaints.

The authors of the 'Car Finance 2 Go' survey say this suggests "convenience may come before safety in the minds of Ireland's motorists".

Next up on the 'road-rage-trigger' scale were cyclists and those who park badly. Both annoyed 15pc of motorists.

But we seem resigned to enduring long periods at the wheel without going anywhere in a hurry because rush-hour traffic doesn't appear to upset us as much as might have previously been thought.

A mere 8pc of those who took part in the survey said this was a major source of frustration and anger.

That shows an ambivalence in some ways given that, as the study highlights, we have little or no tolerance for people who drive slowly.

The survey was conducted and the data gathered last month.

In many ways it reinforces what most road users observe, and feel, on a daily basis.

And it gives an indication of how impatient, and therefore potentially explosive and dangerous, many drivers can be while at the wheel.

But nothing excuses or justifies abusive treatment of other road users, especially if they are negotiating their journey at a pace that suits, and is safe for, them.

The same goes for the easy-target cyclists.

The survey on road behaviour in Ireland was conducted, as part of a wider study, by Car Finance 2 Go and evaluated the responses of 300 drivers across the country.

What or who upsets you most on the road? Why don't you let us know at: ecunningham@independent.ie

 

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