UK has worst road rage in Europe, research finds

The UK has topped a poll of 20 countries as having the worst levels of road rage.

According to a survey by LeasePlan of more than 3,000 drivers, 76 per cent of Britons have been subject to aggressive gestures while driving, compared with 73 per cent in France, and only 43 per cent in Germany. Also, 73 per cent of motorists in the UK said they had been blocked in while driving, the highest of all countries from across Europe plus India.

Whether the subject or perpetrator of road rage, this is something that can have dangerous effects on people’s safety while driving. Because of this, along with the countless other hazards motorists face, it is essential that car dealers and mechanics have a road risks insurance policy in place to protect them while behind the wheel of a customer’s vehicle.

Returning to the survey, the results also showed that 53 per cent of Britons had experienced verbal aggression at the wheel, compared with only 47 per cent in Germany and 44 per cent in France.

Meanwhile, Turkey was found to have the most polite drivers; only 23 per cent experienced aggressive gestures. Furthermore, a mere 15 per cent of Turkish drivers and 17 per cent of Dutch motorists had experienced verbal aggression, while only 13 per cent of drivers in Turkey and just 15 per cent in Norway had been blocked in by other drivers.

LeasePlan UK managing director Matt Dyer commented on the findings: "What our research has uncovered is that heavily-congested roads and busy lives are taking their toll on UK drivers, and this is resulting in worrying levels of poor driver behaviour. Driver safety is our priority, which is why we recently applauded the Government for injecting £15 billion into improving our roads."