Some 58% of drivers have fallen victim to road rage in the past year, according to new research.
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Young men are the most likely to have been affected, the survey for Sainsbury’s Car Insurance found, with 69% of those aged 18-24 saying they had been on the receiving end of road rage in the past 12 months.
But young males were also the most likely to become enraged with other motorists, the survey showed. Over 65s were least likely to have been involved in a road rage incident.
Road rage victims
Sainsbury’s Car Insurance said 5% of affected drivers had even been threatened with physical violence, and warned that many car insurance policies will not cover motorists who become victims of road rage or a car jacking.
Joanne Mallon of Sainsbury’s Car Insurance said: ‘A worrying number of motorists have unfortunately suffered from road rage or car jacking and the result can be both mentally and physically scarring for the victims.
‘It’s important that these victims aren’t left high and dry, which is why we offer a counselling and financial package for motorists who have been victims of car jacking or distressed by a road rage incident.’
Reasons for road rage
Around two thirds of those questioned admitted to having felt road rage themselves, with another driver’s tailgating being the most common annoyance. However more than a third blamed other drivers pulling out on them for their road rage, and a quarter said they found slow drivers their biggest source of frustration.
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