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AA calls for tribal harmony on the roads
Motorists are most likely to feel angry with other car drivers when driving rather than other road users, according to a new AA/Populous poll of over 20,000 drivers launched on 14 November at the Road Safety GB national conference.
In terms of the hierarchy of road rage, car drivers are followed by the white van man as the most annoying.
Edmund King, AA president and visiting professor at Newcastle University, outlines the findings in a keynote address entitled “Two tribes? What drivers think of other road users.”
Drivers were asked: Which road users make you feel most angry when driving?
When analysing the question of which category of road user makes you most angry, the survey showed:
We really must get past this dangerous ‘them and us’ mentality that sours interactions between different groups
Edmund King, AA president
Commenting on the findings, Edmund King, AA president, said: “We really must get past this dangerous ‘them and us’ mentality that sours interactions between different groups (and even sub-groups) of road users – be they cyclists, motorcyclists or drivers of vehicles large or small.
“A tribal mentality on the roads just fosters road rage which is not good for your blood pressure or road safety. Drivers need to remember that other road users are also human beings with equal rights to share the roads.
Development and promotion of a free driving course for rusty and nervous drivers has helped the AA Charitable Trust win a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.
(14 November 2012)
Details of the Road Safety GB conference where the award will be presented and Edmund King, AA President will give a presentation “Two Tribes: What drivers think about other road users?”
AA/Populus polled 20,261 drivers online 21 – 28 June 2012