14:44 13 October 2016
In 2014, research found that Britain is the worst place in Europe for road rage; 81 per cent of British drivers have been on the receiving end of it, with 48 per cent saying they’ve been driven at aggressively as a result, which could be very dangerous. One in five British drivers has actually left the car to confront somebody. Clearly this is a major problem, but why is it happening and what can be done about it?
What is road rage?
Stress when driving is a common experience and doesn’t need to be a problem if the driver remains calm. It can result from dealing with difficult road conditions, difficult weather or difficult passengers – or simply things like having to concentrate when feeling ill. But sometimes stress can become overwhelming and boil over into rage. Some people seem more prone to this than others, and it has been suggested that witnessing angry behaviour from parents as a child can make an individual more susceptible. But road rage can be managed, if you know how.
Managing your road rage
If you are a victim
No matter how careful you are about managing your temper on the road, you can still find yourself in trouble when other people lose theirs. If you’re caught up in a car accident caused by someone else’s road rage, there’s a good chance you could get compensation to help you deal with the consequences. There is a time limit on this, however, so you should look into your legal options as soon as you’ve reported the accident to the police and your insurer.
Taking steps to control your temper when driving helps to make the roads safer for everyone, and by understanding the problem you can also help those close to you to avoid getting out of control. Although the scale of the problem might seem daunting, it’s actually one of the easiest road risks to resolve.