Aggressive driving may be rising

Aggressive driving may be rising

The statistics make for grim reading, but it appears aggressive driving may be the norm on today's roads.

A new study suggests as many as 61% of motorists admit to using their vehicle's horn at least once a month.

Furthermore, it appears that drivers are using their horn out of mere frustration, rather than to warn other road users of their presence.

Other anger-fuelled tactics include changing lanes several times in traffic jams - to which a third admitted to - as well as pushing into traffic at junctions, jumping traffic lights, driving in cycle lanes and the hard shoulder, and using the wrong lane to jump a queue of cars.

A police spokesman highlighted how poor driving can easily lead to accidents, not to mention fines or a ban.

"All drivers should be courteous, patient and considerate with others, especially more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists," he said.

The Flexed study also shows almost a fifth of respondents demonstrate a stubborn attitude by not allowing drivers out of a side road in a traffic jam.

Other nuisances prove to be not moving with the flow of traffic and motorcyclists weaving through traffic queues.

Copyright Press Association 2014