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June 03, 2013 10:25 ET

AXA Insurance: Common Courtesy Goes Out the Window as Young Drivers Decide Ignorance is Bliss

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - June 3, 2013) - The annual AXA Motoring Census report has revealed that one in ten UK drivers are less inclined to apologise to other drivers when making mistakes on the road. The AXA research also found that drivers aged under 34 were approximately half as likely to apologise on the road compared to their older counterparts.

Just two thirds (69 per cent) of UK motorists apologise by holding their hand up in the direction of the other driver as an apology, while a minority flash their indicators (9 per cent) or shout "sorry" out of the window (11 per cent). Meanwhile, one in ten motorists (10 per cent) stated that they make no apology whatsoever after making a mistake which affects another driver.

Motorists in the East Midlands, where 98 per cent of drivers would offer some sort of apology, were found to be the most courteous. However, motorists in the North West were the least likely to show contrition, with 13 per cent making no apologies whatsoever.

Drivers over the age of 55 were found to be most likely to apologise for a mistake (93 per cent), suggesting that manners may simply be a thing that comes with age. This is supported by a relative lack of manners in younger motorists: 13 per cent of drivers under the age of 34 admit that they never apologise.

Amanda Edwards, from AXA car insurance commented: "It's a shame to think that manners are disappearing from our roads but the results from the AXA Motoring Census do appear to support this theory, as older motorists show respect to their fellow road users in far greater numbers than younger drivers."

The research also highlighted a lack of courtesy in other areas: for example, one in twenty UK drivers (5 per cent) do not bother to indicate at all. Unsurprisingly, the results also showed that stress levels rise when other drivers do not show courtesy to their fellow road users, and motorists cited bad habits such as driving too close to the car in front as being major contributors to anxiety on the road.

About the research: Research carried out by OnePoll in November 2012 among 2,000 UK motorists.

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