- Over half of UK cyclists have experienced road rage from drivers
- One in three admit they experience road rage regularly
- Over a half of cyclists believe drivers have no patience on the road
A recent survey revealed a third of British cyclists have experienced road rage in the UK, with 30% admitting they experience some form of road rage on a regular basis.
When asked why road rage happens, 50% believe drivers have no patience on the road, 28% think drivers have a sense of entitlement because cyclists don’t pay road tax, and furthermore 22% think drivers don’t understand what cyclists can and can’t do on the road.
For New Year’s Resolution inspiration, Merlin Cycles is encouraging cyclists and drivers to be more considerate of each other on the roads and to reduce the number of road rage incidents.
John Moss, Managing Director at Merlin Cycles says:
“All road users should be treated with equal respect to encouraging harmony on our roads. Before allowing a situation to develop, cyclists and drivers should take a deep breath before reacting. Mutual respect on the roads is key to safety.
“By learning to understand each other, cyclists and drivers can both have a pleasant journey without creating more tension on the road. Threatening behaviour is not something that anyone should have to deal with.
“Keep cycling, keep safe and report any criminal or threatening behaviour to the police”
Merlin Cycles has released a dedicated infographic encouraging driving and cyclists to beat road rage, which can be found here.
Established in 1993, Merlin Cycles is one of the longest-running cycling stores in the UK. Based in the north-west they stock everything you need to hit the road whether you’re a casual road cyclist, a hardcore mountain biker or dedicated racer.