Road rage: Results show failure to indicate is biggest trigger

A new survey has revealed that drivers who don’t indicate are what grinds motorists’ gears more than anything else – including speeders, cyclists and bad parking combined.

By Damien Lucas
Thursday, 9th July 2015, 11:46 am
Motorists say failure to indicate is the biggest cause of road rage
Motorists say failure to indicate is the biggest cause of road rage

A total of 34% of drivers surveyed said people failing to indicate is the biggest cause of road rage behind the wheel.

Twice as many drivers are enraged by people who don’t indicate as by speeding drivers, according to an online survey on UK road rage triggers by Car Finance 2 Go.

More than 1,000 motorists were asked what really grinds their gears – and a massive 34% of participants cited not indicating as their ultimate pet hate – while only 16% consider speeding drivers the worst offenders on the road.

Failure to indicate was a bigger trigger for road rage than speeders, cyclists and bad parking combined

The results come in the wake of The Independent’s report earlier this year that road deaths were set to rise for a third consecutive quarter.

Who’s to blame?

The results of the study suggests there might be a connection between where you live and how you drive.

According to data, city drivers are the main offenders, with 44% of urban dwellers fed up with non-indicators, compared with 29% in the suburbs and 19% of those living in rural areas.

The firm also claims that the data shows higher earners take indicating particularly seriously.

While only 23% of those earning up to £24,999 a year expressed anger at drivers who don’t indicate, the percentage shoots to 50% for people bringing in between £50k and £74,999 – and a majority of 60% for high earners making over £150k per annum.

Solace for cyclists

Long considered the scourge of drivers across Britain, cyclists got just nine per cent of the vote for biggest road rage trigger.

A total of 13 cyclists were killed on London’s roads alone in 2014, according to the BBC – and eight have already died on the capital’s roads so far this year – while forward-thinking new schemes are being implemented in other parts of the world to protect the cycling masses.

Named and shamed

Other popular answers from this study included rush hour traffic, with 19% of men declaring this their greatest road rage trigger compared to only 15% of women surveyed.

Men aged 35-44 were the biggest victims of rush hour rage, showing the least patience when it comes to early morning queues.

Meanwhile, back-seat drivers received just four per cent of the vote. Unsurprisingly, 18-24 year olds were the most bothered by this unwanted driving advice from more experienced passengers.

Results breakdown:

Drivers who don’t indicate: 34.30%

Speeding drivers: 16.65%

Rush hour traffic: 5.44%

Driving too slowly: 15.02%

Cyclists: 9.10%

Bad parking: 5.10%

Back-seat drivers: 4.39%

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