A new study by Citroën UK has revealed that 40% of UK drivers believe that comfort is key to avoiding road rage.

In the study of 2,000 UK motorists, a staggering 62% admit to having experienced road rage themselves. Furthermore, 47% say they have been a victim of another drivers’ road rage.

The research found that being cut off on the road by other drivers is the main cause of road rage for almost 50% of drivers.

Other driving traits which were found to commonly cause anger included being over-taken inappropriately (39%) and drivers failing to indicate (37%).

Feeling free

The research comes as virtually all lockdown restrictions have been removed in England. Further lifting of restrictions in Scotland as well as other planned easing in Wales and Northern Ireland are expected in the coming weeks. As relative freedom arrives so do the summer holidays. It means entertaining the kids and a record number of staycations will only increase stresses behind the wheel With this in mind. Citroen, famed for it ‘magic carpet ride’ cars of he 50s through to the 90s, aim to provide  calm serenity through their new Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme.

Urban roads and open minds

City and town centres are the environment that drivers struggle to keep their cool in most. Up to 37% admit this is the setting that they find road rage occurs most commonly. Tackling roundabouts (29%) and driving on motorways (25%) were also noted as regular hot spots for anger.

For those looking to vent their anger, beeping the horn is the way over half of drivers (55%) commonly express their irritation. Meanwhile, 51% admit to regularly cursing or swearing at fellow drivers whilst experiencing road rage.

Eurig Druce, Managing Director of Citroën UK said: “Aggravated drivers are often at risk of causing harm to themselves and fellow drivers on the road.” He adds that Citroën is focussing attention on ensuring “our vehicles provide the optimum environment for driver and passenger comfort. Comfort is a key factor in helping to reduce the risk of road rage”. He states that once again, “comfort for drivers and passengers is at the core of Citroën’s philosophy’.


Top 5 Reasons for Road Rage

The Main Causes of Road Rage Percentage
Drivers cutting you off on the road 49%
Being overtaken inappropriately 39%
Drivers failing to indicate 37%
Drivers in front stopping abruptly 35%
Drivers using a mobile phone 34%