BRITAIN is the world capital of road rage, a global survey has revealed.
We came top of the league for aggression on the roads, outstripping countries traditionally seen as having hot- headed drivers such in Italy.
The survey of 20 countries said 76% of British drivers have experienced aggressive gestures on the roads. It found that 53% have been the target of verbal aggression and 73% have found their path blocked on the road by an angry driver.
In contrast the politest country is Turkey where the figures were 23%, 15% and 13% respectively.
Britain’s closest rivals were France on 73 per cent, 44 per cent and 42 per cent, the Czech Republic on 70 per cent, 40 per cent and 72 per cent, and Germany on 43 per cent, 47 per cent and 62 per cent.
India, whose drivers are often portrayed as aggressive, scored just 52 per cent, 44 per cent and
59 per cent.
And Italy was on 48 per cent, 37 per cent and 44 per cent.
The survey ranged from Australia to America which was only in the middle of the table.
The survey also found that British motorists are guilty of “distracted driving” with large numbers eating and making phone calls while at the wheel.
Over the weekend an AA survey found that three-quarters of British motorists think other drivers are not considerate enough.
The poll showed that the vast majority of us think motorists are always in a hurry.
The road safety charity Brake said we’re a nation of “selfish” drivers picking up fixed penalties at the rate of one a minute.
And children are among those paying the price, with two in 5 primary school children saying they have been hit by a vehicle or had a near miss while cycling or on foot.