Road rage 'learned from parents'

A rise in road rage incidents in the UK could be down to young drivers copying their parents' bad behaviour behind the wheel, according to a new survey.

The group most likely to succumb to road rage are inexperienced motorists aged between 18 and 29, the research for insurance firm Norwich Union found. A massive 61% of this group admitted to suffering personality changes while driving.

Two in five drivers in this age group blame their parents for their erratic driving behaviour, saying they inherited their road rage tendencies from seeing their mothers and fathers at the wheel.

The survey of 1,007 people found that other motorists' reckless driving was most likely to trigger road rage, followed by slow drivers and traffic jams. While 22% of drivers simply shrugged off incidents, 52% reacted by swearing, shouting, making rude gestures and flashing lights.

There was a division between the sexes and age groups, with men more prone to road rage than women, and drivers aged 60 or over the least likely to be affected by the behaviour of other road users.

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