Continental tyres study reveals road rage fears

21st June 2012

New research from Continental Tyres has highlighted the continued threat that road rage poses to motorists in the UK.

Conducting a study of 2,000 drivers, the firm revealed that as many as 15 per cent of motorists have, on at least one occasion, got out their car to confront someone over a driving-based issue.

These findings have been produced as part of the compound manufacturer's new Courtesy Campaign, which has been created in an attempt to encourage motorists to treat each other with greater respect on the road.

The results demonstrate the growing need for action, with as many as one in three road users now stating they 'expect' to face aggressive or intimidating driving, with half of those surveyed stating that they no longer enjoyed driving.

Researchers also looked at the motives behind driver behaviour, with four in ten admitting that they are more aggressive behind the wheel than at any other time.

Tim Bailey, safety expert for Continental Tyres, described the new figures as "shocking".

"Of paramount importance is road safety but if motorists feel intimidated or angry they will lack concentration, increasing the danger for other road users, never mind not enjoying the driving experience," he said.

Mr Bailey called on motorists to employ sensible tactics when driving and try to avoid any harsh braking or accelerating that might rile other road users.#

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