15 May 2009

Motorists becoming more aggressive, survey shows

11:36 am on 15 May 2009

A survey of New Zealand drivers reveals motorists are showing more aggression.

The AA Insurance survey of more than 3700 drivers shows both men and women are losing their cool on the roads.

More than half of the males had gestured rudely or yelled at other drivers, and 17% of women drivers have tail-gated out of anger.

A road safety consultant, Peter Sheppard, says people are under a lot of pressure these days, especially with the current difficult economic climate, and can be easily distracted while driving.

Other drivers then become frustrated by their mistakes and can resort to aggressive behaviours.