Northern Ireland drivers second most prone to road rage in UK, survey suggests


A survey has found that residents of Northern Ireland are the second most prone to road rage in the UK, with 45 per cent admitting they also get angry at other drivers.

It found that Londoners are far more hot-headed while behind the wheel than any other drivers in the region.

Commissioned by the UK’s leading independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, the survey discovered that 58 per cent of Londoners find themselves getting angry at other drivers when they make mistakes. And with 2.5 million licensed cars in London, this could represent up to 1.4 million drivers losing their cool on the capital’s roads.

Conversely, Scottish drivers were in fact the calmest drivers, with just a third (32 per cent) of motorists north of the border admitting they are prone to road rage. The Scots were closely followed by drivers from the North West and North East of England, with 33 per cent and 36 per cent of motorists from this region confessing to feeling angry behind the wheel, respectively.

And it appears motorists’ anger while driving is also leading them to sound their horns inappropriately, with over half (56 per cent) of Londoners stating that they are likely to sound their horn at a motorist who is driving too slowly in front of them.

This compares to just one in ten (10 per cent) of Welsh motorists and 14 per cent of East Midlanders who sound their horn at slower drivers.