Half of motorists no longer enjoy driving, with the threat of road rage among the reasons why, according to new research from Continental Tyres.
A study carried out among 2,000 drivers revealed around 15 per cent – or five million motorists – have got out of their car to confront another driver.
Continental Tyres produced the report to support its ‘Courtesy Campaign’ to encourage motorists to employ more courteous driving methods.
The study highlighted the need for awareness as it found that one in three road users ‘expect’ to experience aggressive or intimidating driving whilst out in the car.
Tim Bailey, safety expert for Continental Tyres said: “The figures are 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.”
“We are launching a ‘Courtesy Campaign’ to help reduce the problem, not only to improve safety and the driving experience but also because showing consideration to others on the roads actually eases congestion and reduces delays.”
The study also found seven out of ten drivers believe they are more aggressive behind the wheel than at any other time.
It also emerged that when on the receiving end of road rage 40 per cent feel angry, 28 per cent feel shaken and nearly one in four (22 per cent) feel like retaliating.