Sunday 24 September 2017

Driver stress 'at fever pitch'

Road rage is rife on the roads, with some victims using social media sites to express their annoyance, according to a survey
Road rage is rife on the roads, with some victims using social media sites to express their annoyance, according to a survey

Road rage is rife on the roads, with some victims using social media sites to express their annoyance, according to a survey.

As many as 57% of people said they had suffered from other drivers' rage, the poll by used car site Motors.co.uk found.

Also, 41% admitted to regularly swearing at other drivers while at the wheel and 25% deliberately sped up or slowed to take revenge on other motorists.

Based on responses from 2,300 adults, 44% of drivers described their day-to-day stress levels as quite high or extremely high.

Road rage resulted in 4% of drivers following the offending motorist, 6% punching the steering wheel, 2% crying and 1% getting out of the car to fight.

As many as 19% have quarrelled with a loved one following an incident of road rage, while 6% said they regularly updated social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter to register their disgust.

Scottish and Welsh drivers suffered the highest stress levels behind the wheel, while motorists in north-east England were the most relaxed on the road.

The worst time of the day for stress was 8am.

Motors.co.uk commercial director Phil Jones said: "The level of stress on Britain's drivers is at fever pitch.

"Congested roads, together with our high-pressure lives, are causing us emotional distress when driving. This is compounded further by the increasing pressures on the driver's purse. The joy of driving is disappearing."

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