(PRWEB UK) 5 October 2012
Motorists in the UK are becoming more patient and polite, according to a new survey by Carcraft.
Far from the image of a nation of road-rage afflicted drivers used to blasting their horns, swearing at other road users or weaving dangerously in and out of traffic, many motorists are being less-aggressive behind the wheel.
Over a third (34%) said they smiled at other motorists when pushing in a queue or jumping lanes, while 30% are happy to wait for a space and 20% use a friendly wave.
Only 3% admitted to losing their temper and swearing, with motorists aged 45 to 54 the worst offenders.
More women than men are prepared to use their charms by smiling at other drivers but motorists aged over 55 are the least smiley of any age group.
The survey, by car supermarket Carcraft, also revealed that 60% of motorists are happy to sit in queuing traffic until it moves with 25% prepared to seek an alternative route.
Only a small minority said they pushed in where they could, jumped from lane-to-lane or used their horns to excess.
Motorists aged 55 and above are the most patient when it comes to negotiating traffic with Norwich, Belfast and Edinburgh having the friendliest drivers.
A spokesperson for Carcraft commented, “It appears drivers are getting less wound up when they’re on the road.
“They’re becoming more patient and courteous, and instead of using their horns, swearing or cutting in front of other drivers they’re opting to use a smile or a wave instead.
“Britain is definitely driving happier.”
For more information please contact Ben Ormsby at Smoking Gun PR on 0161 839 1986 or carcraft(at)smokinggunpr(dot)co(dot)uk
Notes to editors
Research was carried out on 2,000 respondents by Opinion Matters in April 2012.
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