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Seeing red – driver survey reveals extent of road rage

Written by | Posted on 22.11.2016
drivers road rage revealed in global driver study from leaseplan

Blocking the road (42 per cent), verbal aggression (34 per cent) and aggressive gestures (56 per cent) are among the top threatening behaviours motorists around the world experience while driving, according to 2016’s MobilityMonitor Survey from LeasePlan.

Unsurprisingly, the two most aggressive behaviours that the 4,869 drivers surveyed claim to have experienced are being cut off (70 per cent) and tailgating (70 per cent). Strikingly, a quarter (25 per cent) of motorists also admit to committing the latter themselves.

  • 70% of drivers have been tailgated, yet a quarter (25%) admit to doing it themselves
  • 70% of motorists have been cut-off by another driver
  • Over half (56%) have been faced with aggressive gestures from another motorist
  • Over a third (34%) have been a victim of verbal aggression

With specific reference to British drivers, LeasePlan’s MobilityMonitor Survey reveals over three-quarters (77 per cent) claim they have experienced other motorists driving dangerously quickly, yet ironically, nearly half (45 per cent) do it themselves, with Gen Y drivers being the biggest culprits of driving too fast (61 per cent).

UK motorists do however appear to be some of the least aggressive drivers in the world. Although almost one-in-ten (9 per cent) admit to tailgating, this compares to nearly one-fifth (18 per cent) of Americans and 14 per cent of Asians who admit to doing the same. And, compared to Australia (17 per cent) and Asia (15 per cent), British drivers are least likely to give other drivers aggressive gestures (12 per cent).

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), careless or aggressive driving is the fourth biggest cause of fatal road crashes in the UK*.

Drivers not indicating (15 per cent) and other motorists driving really slowly (11 per cent) are also among the biggest annoyances of drivers around the world.

Mobile phone use behind the wheel also fell under the top annoyances of drivers globally, with LeasePlan’s MobilityMonitor Survey revealing that the UK (17 per cent), USA (22 per cent) and Italy (17 per cent) are most frustrated by this.

The Department for Transport has recently outlined tougher six-point and £200 penalties for drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel.

Talking about motorists experiencing aggression on the roads, Lesley Slater, LeasePlan UK’s Operations and Business Development Director, comments:

“Aggressive behaviour on the road, such as tailgating, rude gestures or being cut up, can impact concentration levels and increase the risk of a collision.

To keep all road users safe, it’s important that drivers don’t react to everything perceived as an injustice on the road. Every one of us is trying to get from A to B as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible and it’s more important than ever to be more tolerant and show consideration for other users on our congested roads.”



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About LeasePlan MobilityMonitor

Accelerating economic, technological and social developments are shaping the future of mobility ─ and the vehicle leasing industry. LeasePlan aims to unlock valuable knowledge about global mobility throughout its network of companies in 32 countries worldwide. The LeasePlan MobilityMonitor makes it easier for fleet decision makers to stay up to date with key developments and make informed decisions concerning fleet management and driver mobility.

LeasePlan Global Drivers Survey

The data, collected between 21nd April and 24th May 2016, was gleaned from 4,869 respondents across Europe, Australia, the USA and India.



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