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Welcome to Road-Rage.co.uk

- the web site dedicated to all things road rage!

From ranting to raving, from seeing red to turning red. If you are prone to fits of madness behind the wheel or tut at those who are then this is the place to be!

OK, this site is not intended to be taken too seriously, come on, with the URL road-rage.co.uk how can it be too serious? But there is a serious message – and that is that we should all at least try to be courteous and considerate to one another on the road. Think of road rage as a symptom and not a cause.

This site is not a cure but, hey, if it helps to understand road rage, just a bit, and poke a bit of fun at it, then it might help.

You’ll find advice, information, jokes, YouTube gems and games – anything goes… so enjoy and…

…CHILL OUT!


Tipper Trucker Road Rage incident with a toy gun.

Yep, another Stupid Road Rage Award goes out to the lorry driver who flashed either a gun or something that was supposed to look like a gun at a motorist during a rush hour journey southbound on the A22.

The incident happened on Monday 13th August 2012 at just before 4.45pm on the mad busy A22 Uckfield bypass as commuters began travelling home after a hard day at work.

Tipper truckers please note: Unless it looks like this it’s not cool to pack a piece.

The driver of a tipper truck, yes, you read that right, a tipper truck, is said to have waved a handgun at an unsuspecting motorist. They’d had a bit of a barney while driving along the road and rude gestures were exchanged. The tipper trucker is believed then to have produced a handgun and flashed it at the car driver.

An armed response unit and police helicopter searched for the subtle tipper trucker after the bewildered car driver pulled to the side of the road and tipped off the police about the tipper trucker gunner.

Within an hour, armed officers went to an address a couple of miles away from the incident in Eastbourne Road, Halland, where they searched the home of a 48-year old tipper trucker who still plays with toy guns.

The 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of  driving a tipper truck while distracted by brandishing an imitation handgun.

A Sussex Police spokesman said the tipper trucker gave himself up peacefully and the arrest was performed “without violence or injury”.

The man was questioned before being released on bail until Monday, November 12.

The question went something like this – “Seriously? Don’t you think you’re a bit old to be playing with toy guns?”

The moral to this tale is simple – if your a toy gun-totting trucker, don’t get caught with a tipper truck. It’s just too embarrassing for words.

Tip Top Tips to avoid Road Rage

Keep calm and Regtex them

Avoiding road rage is the key to happy driving!!!

1      Driving in a bad mood increases your risk of being involved in a crash. If you feel stressed or angry, take time out to calm down before you start your journey.

2      Plan your journey taking traffic into account. Check the traffic on the route using the internet. Leave early so you don’t feel rushed.
If you are late for a meeting, phone ahead and let them know or rearrange a later time.

3      Don’t tailgate – according to Regtex it is the number one cause of road rage – both for the followed person and the “frustrated” follower. Aggressive driving at high speed is THE number one cause of serious accidents on the motorway.
4      Keep your distance from bad drivers that annoy you, give them space so their rubbish driving doesn’t involve you in an accident. It’ll help keep you sane too.
Some drivers (polite language for them) are looking to annoy you. Don’t rise to the bait let them get on with their pathetic lives and feel happy knowing that you your life is so much better that you don’t feel the need to be a vindictive sod.

5      Avoid eye contact with an angry or aggressive driver as this has the potential to make them erupt into a seething mass of fury.  And it’s difficult not to laugh at angry people making fools of themselves  but wait until they can’t see you before you roar with laughter, they don’t like it much. If your driving is impaired by a fit of giggles be sure to pull over somewhere safe.

6      If you are being tailgated don’t feel intimidated into speeding up . And for god’s sake don’t be tempted to slam on the brakes. Keep at a consistent speed and allow them to pass when it is safe. Indicate if you are changing lane to let them pass as the idiot is likely to undertake you. And again, avoid eye contact and expect the fool to do something foolish like swerve in front of you – a typical road rage trait.

7      If you unknowingly cause another driver to get road rage – make out that you are sorry. This will help diffuse the situation even when you know you were in the right.

8      If someone upsets or maddens you, breath, count to ten, do what ever it takes to manage that road rage. Then take a rest somewhere.  Have a cup of tea and phone someone or tweet about the numbskull. For best effect – use Regtex to report the driver (you can do that on this website).

9      Be nice to other people on the roads. It’ll make you feel better and less likely to become enraged yourself.

10     Drive safely! Tailgating, undertaking, cutting people up etc. tends to annoy people – people who might act dangerously.

As the currently popular saying goes – KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.
The KEEP CALM AND REGTEX THEM parody poster is available at KeepCalmAndCarryOn.com

Road Rage for kadults.

Road rage cartoon song

We can all relate to this – even if we don’t admit to being a road rager!

Yup, road rage deserves its rightful place as a subject for artistic endeavor.

This little master piece hits the nail on the head for some of us.

The character playing the drums is loosely based on Nick Clegg.

Go on – have a laugh. But watch out for the cat on the left- it looks docile but it would have us up in court if we wrote the truth about it here.

Road rage survey results from Ingenie

Survey Findings From Black Box Insurer Ingenie Reveal UK Drivers Are In Denial About Road Rage


 

/EINPresswire.com/ A survey of over 3,950 UK motorists has uncovered that while 83% of drivers don’t think of themselves as a “road rager”, almost 85% admitted to road rage behaviour.The survey by ingenie, provider of young drivers insurance, found that road rage remains a major problem with two thirds of individuals saying they had been a victim of road rage in the past 12 months. Motorists from Leicester were most prepared to admit they were road ragers, while Gloucester drivers were least likely to experience road rage.

The UK-wide survey also found:

• 47% of those surveyed said BMW drivers were the most responsible for inciting road rage.
• The top three frustrations while driving were tailgating (46%), failure to indicate (45%) and catching other drivers using their phones (33%).
• Surprisingly, elderly drivers (45%) were behind only van drivers (47%) in the groups of road users likely to cause other drivers road rage.
• The road in the UK most likely to provoke road rage was the M25, followed by the M1, the M6, the A1 and the M5.
• Country roads were ranked least likely to cause road rage, with urban roads most likely.
• Having plenty of time to make their journey (58%) was the top thing that made people feel calmer on the road.

Dr Lisa Dorn, leading Traffic Psychologist and Reader in Driver Behaviour at Cranfield University, said: “Road rage is not new, but it is a growing problem. It has been defined as anti-social and angry behaviour exhibited when driving, often due to stress, poor attitudes and personality factors. If road rage strikes it’s important not to forget how it can affect your driving – and therefore the safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users.”

Richard King, CEO of ingenie said: “It would be great if we always had the road to ourselves, but in reality driving is a shared experience and can be stressful. At ingenie we’re all about encouraging a better, safer driving style – so if the red mist should descend, be sure to remember the potential impact it could have on those around you.”

In response to the survey results, ingenie are running a road rage awareness campaign called #RedMist, which aims to educate drivers on the impact road rage has on the driving community and offers tips on how to deal with and prevent road rage.

The campaign will include a quiz developed with Dr Lisa Dorn entitled “Which road rager are you?” where drivers answer 10 questions to discover their risk of road rage. The campaign and quiz can be found on the ingenie website:www.ingenie.com/redmist

About ingenie:
ingenie is a digital car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25 that uses the latest telematics technology to build a picture of a driver’s individual style and reward those who drive well with cheaper insurance premiums.

Richard King, ingenie founder and CEO, had previous start-up success in the technology/insurance sector as co-founder and executive director of Innovation Group plc, which he helped grow from a start-up to a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 with a peak valuation of £1bn. Chief Underwriter Chris McKee was formerly on the board of Direct Line and has more than 30 years’ experience in direct insurance. Steve Broughton, a highly respected insurance industry professional of more than 30 years, is the chairman of ingenie. In addition to his executive career at RSA Insurance Group, Broughton is also a former chairman of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and is currently the Chairman of Tesco Underwriting Limited.

ingenie was launched at the end of 2011 with investment from footballer turned broadcaster Gary Lineker (who also supports the brand as an ambassador), Williams F1 Team (who provide expertise in telematics and assist in promoting the brand and road safety) and leading figures from UK business including Sir Martin Broughton, Chairman of British Airways and Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of BT Retail (BT Group PLC).

David Cummins
ING Media
+44 (0)20 7247 8334
http://www.ingenie.com

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A crash course to shine

Crash course to shineJust watch this… …and expand it to fill the screen…

Regtex Has a new Advert featuring Road Rage Vinnie from Jersey

Road Rage Vinnie on the Regtex YouTube channel.

see it on YouTube

Mafioso Vinnie from Jersey (AKA Road Rage Vinnie) has something to say about Regtex (the people who do the Vehicle Operators Score System featured in widget form on our website).

And here he is in all his roadrage glory, giving it some, and a little bit more,

Go Vinnie, GO.

Dilbert – road rage from season one

Oh, so topical in, oh, so many ways.

You absolutely must watch this.

It’s All Over The Front Page – You Give Me Road Rage!!

I want to attach a huge gun to my car. I’m not talking about the kind of gun that fires bullets. Instead this gun (or as I prefer to think of it “paint bazooka”) will fire huge globules of paint, mainly at cars whose drivers piss me off – that would be most cars then. I want this gun to sit on top if my car and to automatically rotate on my voice command and eject a massive blob of paint in a direction of my choosing and onto any adjacent car that causes me to descend into road rage.

Extract: 

It’s All Over The Front Page – You Give Me Road Rage!! by The Plastic Mancunian

 

Tailgating ‘is main cause of road rage’

Article published in the Daily Mail:

Tailgating and sudden braking are now the biggest causes of road rage, new research revealed.

The morning rush-hour appeared to be the most likely time for a road rage attack, and attackers were likely to be in their 20s or 30s, according to research by the RAC Foundation.

The foundation discovered, from incidents recorded on its road rage Internet website, that:

• A motorist is most likely to be a victim of road rage if he or she is driving a blue or red Vauxhall or Ford on a hot day during the rush hour in a city;

• Aggressors are most probably drivers of sports utility vehicles or BMWs, or “white van man”;

• Some 41% of road rage incidents in the last year were in free-flowing traffic and 36% in moderate congestion, with 57% taking place in sunny conditions and 26% in overcast weather;

• Almost a third – 32% – of attacks took place between 8am and 10am, while 63.5% happened in a town or city;

• Some 29% of attacks were committed by people in their 20s and 28% in their 30s.

Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Impatient and irresponsible drivers who tailgate often prompt the driver in front to respond by sudden braking.

“Tailgating precipitates road rage and should be targeted by the police more frequently.

“It is extremely hazardous in its own right as well as causing road rage and appears to be a growing trend.

“Most police forces only concentrate on speeding to the exclusion of tailgating and other dangerous driving practices.

“Motorists should always keep a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front.

“Anyone who feels that they are being threatened by tailgating should pull over and let the aggressor go – anything else is just not worth the risk of an accident.”

According to the foundation, the top 10 causes of road rage are:

1. Tailgating and sudden braking (39.5%)
2. Gesturing (12%)
3. Weaving dangerously (11%)
4. Being forced to stop (10%)
5. Swearing or threats (10%)
6. Speeding alongside (7%)
7. Dazzling lights (3.5%)
8. Driver approached on foot (3%)
9. Continuous horn (3%)
10. Ramming vehicle (3%)

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-47149/Tailgating-main-cause-road-rage.html#ixzz1yp344yFV

UK retains road rage title

The UK is still the road rage capital of the world, according to latest figures.

Nearly nine in 10 UK drivers said they had been road rage victims at least once, a survey has found.

Road rage had been experienced more than 10 times, 20% of those interviewed said, with more than 70% committing the offence themselves.

The latest statistics backed up a recent Gallup poll which showed Britain was the leading country in the world for road rage, with 80.4% of UK drivers being victims of it.

Of those who admitted committing road rage to motoring magazine Max Power, three in five said they felt “fine” about it, adding that victims “deserved it”.

Only 14% showed any remorse, and said their bad mood had affected their actions.

The survey also showed that road rage was likely to happen in the afternoon and evening, in a town, and mainly in south-east England.

The most common action was gesticulating, while in one in seven cases victims faced an aggressor who got out of the car and physically or verbally abused them. Only 7% reported incidents to the police.

“White van man” – often thought to be a regular road rage offender – was cited in 13% of incidents.

The survey of Max Power readers (typically about 16-30 years old) involved interviews with 1,035 people.

Max Power editor John Sootheran said: “This research proves that Britain’s roads are not a friendly place to be.

“While it’s shocking that so many young drivers are victims or instigators of road rage, I believe these results only reflect the stressful and hectic lifestyles we lead – particularly in urban environments.”

The survey was conducted in association with the RAC Foundation, whose executive director Edmund King said: “This survey is a revealing and alarming insight into some young drivers’ attitudes. Road rage seems to be linked to congestion and stress, as most incidents occur in the busier towns and cities.

“Drivers should not respond aggressively to irritation on the roads. It may be tough on the streets but that’s no excuse for raging against other drivers.”

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-192223/UK-retains-road-rage-title.html#ixzz1yoo3ZqsY