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Revealed: Britain’s angriest drivers found in London

By Kyle Lindsay
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 13:30

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Drivers in London are the angriest in Britain, a new study has revealed.

The poll, by ColinAppleyard.com, found motorists in the capital have the shortest fuses, with 63% claiming driving made them angrier.

Drivers in the Midlands (59%) came second, ahead of South-East England (58%) and North-West England (44%).

At the other end of the scale, Northerners in the Yorkshire area were found to be the calmest (17%), followed by those in the Scottish Highlands (19%) and South-West England (24%).

“Head South and spend a couple of hours behind a sewage waste truck on the M25 as we did once, and we dare say your goodwill’s going to evaporate.”

Robin Appleyard, ColinAppleyard.com

Robin Appleyard, Spokesperson at ColinAppleyard.com, said: “We have a rule of thumb that the nearer you get to a big city, the more likely you are to come up against road rage, and it has more-or-less been proved by these survey results.”

Mr Appleyard added that the low figure for the North came as a surprise.

“You still got some big cities up here – Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield – but drivers seem to be far more courteous than they are down South,” he added.

“Head South and spend a couple of hours behind a sewage waste truck on the M25 as we did once, and we dare say your goodwill’s going to evaporate.”

The survey also revealed what makes Britain’s drivers angry, with traffic jams (45%), cyclists and pedestrians (34%), waiting at traffic lights and junctions (33%) and lorries (26%) figuring prominently.

Respondents also admitted they are often anti-social on the road themselves, with 60% flashing lights, 45% beeping and 31% indulging in rude hand gestures.

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