More people suffer from road rage in Peterborough than almost any other part of the UK.
A new study has found drivers in the city are the third worst culprits of road rage in the country with 54% of drivers losing their temper on a regular basis, well above the UK average of 46%.
Carried out by Privilege Insurance, the report also found that on average, people in Peterborough are most likely to experience a road rage event (as a victim or perpetrator) every 14 minutes of driving time, or every six miles.
With each road rage event lasting just over two and a half minutes on average, including the time we spend fuming about it afterwards, the study found we spend a shocking almost four months of our lives involved in a road rage frenzy.
According to the Privilege Driving Report, published today, Friday July 10, the worst cities for road rage are Lincoln and Portsmouth, followed closely by Peterborough.
A surprise for many is that London is only ranked 15th.
For the purposes of the report, the definition of a road rage ‘event’ is one in which a driver has become agitated enough to raise their voice, swear, use hand gestures, flash their lights or use the horn as a reaction to another driver’s, cyclist’s or pedestrian’s behaviour on the road.
What we do after receiving road rage is interesting. Far from turning the other cheek, half of people on Peterborough’s roads (46 per cent) give as good as they get, returning the favour with a verbal or gestural volley of their own.
On the whole, people were surprisingly honest about their own habits when irritated behind the wheel, with eight out of ten (83 per cent) admitting they vent their frustrations on other drivers.
In what may come as a revelation to many, 69-year-old men were the worst culprits nationwide, despite the stereotype of young and middle age men being the angriest drivers.
The report also revealed when road rage is most likely to occur, with 7.30am on a Monday morning being the most probable time of the week, reflective of the mood many of us can find ourselves in on a Monday morning.
When asked about what they get het up about, it seemed that impatience and basic bad manners were the root causes of most situations across the UK, with ‘cutting up’ (62 per cent), ‘driving too close behind me’ (51 per cent) and ‘not saying “thank you”’ (27 per cent) cited as likely things to turn us into mobile monsters.
Interestingly though, it seems that many of the things that cause road rage are not done intentionally or to deliberately annoy someone. For example, although ‘not saying “thank you”’ rated as a cause of road rage, only a quarter of people (29%) said that they had deliberately not said thank you, perhaps suggesting that the majority simply forgot or were too focussed on their driving to remember the commonest of courtesies.
Likewise, what might appear as ‘cutting up’ to one driver is simply ‘positive driving’ or ‘a result of getting myself in the wrong lane’ to another.
However, deliberate or not, when these actions cause offence and another driver reacts to them, good driving habits can go out the window, leading to an increase in the chance of an accident.
Charlotte Fielding, head of car insurance at Privilege said: “Road rage is the ugly face of motoring, and even at the milder end of the spectrum, can lead to accidents as drivers leave the scene focussed on the argument or perceived wrong doing, instead of their driving.”
The research found that the worst cities for road rage were:
Lincoln - 61% regularly experience road rage.
Portsmouth - 60%
Peterborough - 54%
Hull - 54%
Exeter - 54%
Wolverhampton - 52%
Bristol - 51%
Canterbury - 47%
Birmingham - 46%
Leeds - 46%
Newcastle - 43%
Southampton - 43%
London - 41%
Manchester - 40%
Cambridge - 38%