New figures released by the Department for Transport have revealed that the number of road accidents caused by aggressive driving have fallen considerably in recent years.
The figures from a www.trackdays.co.uk study show that between 2013 and 2017, the number of road rage-related crashes dropped from 3,065 in 2014 to 2,740 in 2017, representing a 10 percent decrease.
What's more, the drop of car accidents caused by reckless driving fell dramatically from 15,586 in 2014 to just 10,215 in 2017, which was a huge 34 percent reduction.
"The reduction in road accidents caused by aggressive driving is welcome news," said Dan Jones, operations manager at www.trackdays.co.uk. "While there is no-excuse for this type of driving, these latest findings may surprise many people who think it is on the increase."
"One way for motorists to escape the pressures of everyday driving is to book a track day or driving experience and we’ve seen an increase in race track bookings over the last few years, which contrasts to the decline in the accident figures."
"Motorists face a barrage of obstacles so it’s not surprising that some snap. However, aggressive driving is inexcusable. Not only is it intimidating to other drivers, it can result in an accident," Jones added. "While the latest drop in these types of accident is good news, we would encourage those drivers who get hot under the collar to relax and show more consideration to fellow road users."
Despite the drop in road rage-related car accidents, angry driving is still very-much a problem faced by motorists in the UK.
Another recent story revealed that more than half of British motorists have been the victim of a road rage incident at some point in their lives, with 80 percent of those surveyed revealing that had been sworn at, with just over a third (34 percent) saying they had been followed and intimidated by another driver.