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Traffic tantrums: 74% of drivers have experienced road rage

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A worrying number of Australian drivers are falling victim to road rage incidents, according to new research by Finder.

A Finder survey of 1,056 respondents – 854 of whom drive a vehicle – revealed 3 in 4 (74%) have encountered aggressive behaviour on the road.

Tailgating is the number 1 offence Aussies have endured behind the wheel (57%), followed by another driver beeping their horn (50%).

Being cut off (32%) or being shouted or cursed at (29%) are other incidents Aussies have fallen victim to on the roads.

Gary Ross Hunter, insurance expert at Finder, said road rage happens far too often.

"There are many bad drivers on the road – whether they're speeding, not switching on their turning signal or distracted by something.

"It can be challenging to stay cool behind the wheel when coming into contact with annoying or reckless drivers.

"But it's important to remain calm – resorting to threats or intimidation can put yourself or others at risk."

Finder's research found 1 in 4 (25%) drivers have been given the finger, while 14% have been threatened by another motorist.

Hunter urged Aussies to always drive with caution.

"Drivers run the risk of having their car insurance claims denied if they're involved in an accident that stemmed from their own aggressive driving.

"If you fail to take reasonable precautions to prevent damage, insurers may refuse to cover you, leaving you responsible for covering the repair costs.

"The consequences of road rage extend beyond the danger on the road – they can be financially straining too," Hunter said.

Click here for more information on Finder's road rage statistics.

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