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Young female drivers most likely to suffer road rage

With thousands of extra motorists expected to take to the roads over the Bank Holiday weekend new research from AIG Insurance shows that young female drivers are the most likely to suffer from road rage among Irish motorists.  The survey reveals that 61% of female motorists aged between 25 and 34 have suffered from road rage at some point.  Among males the age group that acknowledge experiencing it most are 35 to 44 year olds (46%) while overall over one in three (36%) say they have suffered from its effects.

The survey also reveals that 61% of male drivers aged 18 to 24 say they break the speed limit at least once a week with 26% saying they break the limit daily. In comparison 13% of 18 to 24 year old females say they speed daily while that figure rises to 39% weekly.  Across all age groups 38% say they break the legal limit at least once a week.

The research, was carried out in March, among 427 drivers aged 18 to 64 (55% male/45% female) ahead of the launch of AIG’s new XLNTdriver app.  The app is designed to reward safe driving behaviours and help drivers avoid bad habits is primarily targeted at drivers under 35.

Customers who qualify get an upfront 30% discount on their car insurance premium for taking the app. The XLNTdriver app then monitors the users’ driving habits and gives additional discounts based on the driving results* thereby encouraging them to become safer drivers.

While other drivers make most people angry (59% of respondents), other annoying factors are bad parking (29%) and traffic jams (26%).  The bad driving of others is also ranked as the biggest distraction by motorists at 64% while mobile phones (26%) and passengers (14%) come in second and third.

Interestingly 95% of those who responded to the survey rate themselves as safe drivers with little deviation across age brackets or gender.

General Manager of AIG in Ireland, Declan O’Rourke, commented; “AIG is committed to promoting safer driving in Ireland, and ahead of the May Bank Holiday we want to stress the need for all drivers to take more care.  Our commitment to road safety is illustrated by development of our XLNTdriver app.

“It’s clear from the research carried out that bad driver behaviour, particularly speeding, is an ongoing problem and anything that can be done to alleviate this is a step in the right direction.

“The XLNTdriver app rewards safer driving and encourages drivers to improve their driving habits.  AIG hope that this in turn will help lead to safer roads”.

Further details about the AIG XLNTdriver app can be found on AIG’s dedicated FAQ page  or customers can call 1890 27 27 27 with queries.