Half Of British Motorists Admit to Road-rage, Says Confused.com*

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- Motorists in Northern Ireland are the most hot-headed - - Drivers in Wales are the calmest -

More than 15 million UK motorists would gesticulate, swear and beep the horn, if another motorist cut them up, says Confused.com - the UK's leading car insurance price comparison site.

Motorists in Northern Ireland are the most hot-headed, with more than two in three (67%) confessing to frequent aggressive behaviour on the roads. Welsh drivers are comparatively calm, with 59% claiming that they would either feel annoyed, but do nothing, or stay calm and continue on their way if somebody cut them up.

In addition, 2.6 million British drivers would put pressure on somebody who was taking their time to drive into a parking space, by edging closer and gesticulating, and more than half a million would nip into the space themselves.

Will Thomas, head of car insurance at Confused.com, says: "It is concerning that such a large proportion of UK motorists would engage in dangerous driving behaviour as a result of impatience, or anger. Road rage is an irrational surge of anger towards other motorists which can manifest itself in many guises, including tailgating and 'stealing' other drivers' parking spaces. Such behaviour is ill-advised and can result in serious accidents.

"It is in all drivers' best interests to try to remain calm at all times, for road-rage can cause accidents which can see drivers' premiums rocket if damage is inflicted to their vehicles. Although motorists are becoming increasingly stressed due to rising fuel costs, busy roads and hectic lives, it is important not to get involved if another driver is keen to pick a fight - simply acknowledging your driving misdemeanour and continuing on your way is always the best option."

  • Research carried out by Tickbox, on behalf of Confused.com, in September 2008. 1200 motorists took part in the survey.

For further information please contact:

Caroline Spindlove/ Anna Bowes             Confused.com                         02920 434 398

Gug Kyriacou/ Joanna Harte                 Polhill Communications             020 7655 0550

Notes to editors

About Confused.com:

Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it dominates the car insurance aggregator market with a massive 70% market share and generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.

Confused.com has 74 motor insurance partners, and customers can save up to on average £208. It also has a panel of 54 for home insurance, and customers who use Confused.com for home insurance can expect to save up to £193.

Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.

Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.


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