• carwow, the UK’s largest new-car buying platform, finds that 81 per cent of British drivers have been a victim of road rage
  • One in five British drivers have actually got out of their car to confront another driver
  • Respondents also revealed that in a worrying 48 per cent of cases someone has driven aggressively at them as a result of road rage
  • City driving reported as by far the most frustrating environment


Research by carwow, the UK’s largest new-car buying platform, has revealed that a staggering 81 per cent of drivers have at one point been a victim of road rage. Worryingly, in nearly half of those cases victims told carwow that someone had driven aggressively at them as a result.

To make matters worse, five per cent of victims reported they had been physically attacked and four per cent claimed their car had been damaged as a result of road rage. Incredibly, one in five respondents said they had got out of their car to confront someone.

carwow’s figures – taken from a survey of 1000 UK drivers – reveal a worrying trend for frustration on Britain’s increasingly crowded road network. Almost half of drivers found city driving to be the most frustrating, while one in four said that motorway journeys were sure to rub them up the wrong way.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ Head of Driving Standards, Pete Rodger said: “This research highlights a common problem on UK roads, and no matter how you look at it, driving dangerously to try and teach someone a lesson is never the solution. We’d recommend plenty of forward planning, give other drivers room, stay in control and try to stay calm – everybody makes mistakes.”

carwow’s survey also asked respondents to name the reasons for road rage, with 74 per cent claiming it was because of bad driving, 30 per cent saying other drivers are too slow and six per cent getting road rage because another driver got angry at them.

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