AA finds road rage in Ireland a persistent problem

One motor car insurance provider has found that many drivers in Ireland persist in losing their cool when it comes to stressful situations behind the wheel.

In a move that could begin to drive car insurance rates even higher, the AA’s Motor Insurance Poll revealed that in excess of 10,000 drivers admitted to succumbing to road rage at least once over the past three years.  The most common occurrences were making rude gestures, excessive horn-honking, and the highly troubling behaviour of tailgating in a deliberate manner, according to the discount car insurance provider.

One out of every two road rage sufferers stated that they had honked their horn at another motorist whilst enraged.  Just over 48 per cent of motorists stated they had made a rude gesture at a fellow motorist, and one out of five admitted to being a bully by tailgating another driver deliberately.  Additional statistics revealed that just over 19 per cent stated they had gone through the trouble of rolling down their windows in order to vent their spleen at another motorist.  5.3 per cent of respondents reported getting so incensed that they actually left their vehicle in order to angrily accost another driver.

AA Motor Insurance director, John Farrell, stated that the report revealed a worrying trend. Mr Farrell stated that while motorists may have no control over reckless driving as perpetrated by other drivers, they have to keep a level head on their shoulders in such an instance.  Provoking an angry driver on the road even further is one of the worst things motorists can do, added the insurance director.

Male drivers were reported as being more likely to lose control of their tempers than their female counterparts, according to the survey.  Only 12 per cent of female drivers reported shouting at a fellow driver, in comparison to the 22.5 per cent of males found to have done so. Tailgating figures were skewed along gender lines as well, with 21.5 per cent of males engaging in the activity as compared to 17.4 per cent of females. Additionally, only 3.5 per cent of female motorists took the option to leave their car in a fit of rage in order to confront another driver, compared to 6.3 per cent of males.

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