As if Winter wasn't bad enough what with dark nights, cold rain, and wet leaves a new survey warns of another hazard facing cyclists – a Winter road rage epidemic.
According to a survey of motorists by market research organisation GFK NOP – the time of year most likely to trigger a road rage attack is coming up fast! Thirty five per cent of men (by far the biggest offenders) said they were most likely to lose it behind the wheel in Winter time.
Other, er, highlights of the survey into bad behaviour on the roads:
26 per cent of mums said their children had been in the car when they were subject to motoring related abuse.
51 per cent of people admitted to shouting and swearing while driving. The particulary worrying thing about this stat is not the shouting and swearing, unpleasant though it is to be on the end of it, but that it appears to show that around 20 per cent of the road-using population are suffering from some form of temporary amnesia… or maybe it depends what you define as "swearing"?
30 per cent of men admitted getting out of their vehichles - not sure if bicycles were included in this - to confront other motorists… the wording suggests not.
6 per cent of the population admit to deliberately damaging another vehicle as a result of road rage, if true that adds up to 2.4 million drivers. Nice.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.