Admit it, have you ever had the red mist descend and want to do serioius damage to another driver? If so, you are not alone. According to automative data experts HPI more than 20% of drivers have.
In a survey of over 1,000 motorists, 22% admitted getting out of their car to confront another driver; 19% pursued a driver following a (perceived) offence. There is not much difference between the sexes - men are slightly more inclined to confront, women slightly more inclined to pursue. Reasons for indulging in road rage vary - 40% said they did it because they were having a bad day and what they saw was the last straw; 28% were triggered by bad overtaking by other motorists, 20% hugely annoyed by tailgaters; 17% were furioius at seeng other drivers on their mobile phones; 10% by seeing other drivers break the speed limit.
Other irritations are potholes, 31% citing them as a serious cause of annoyance, 20% angry at congestion and traffic jams, 16% by roadworks and 10% by parking problems. 23% felt that it was white van men who were the most annoying drivers, cyclists irked 19% and 11% found taxi drivers infuriating. So if you have ever found yourself guilty of the infractions mentioned above, rest assured that someone, somewhere, is really hacked off with you.