Road rage: Where in France are the most aggressive drivers?

Road rage: Where in France are the most aggressive drivers?
Be prepared for some rage if you drive in France. Arena Creative/Depositphotos
French drivers do have a certain reputation for a - shall we say - robust style of driving, but it turns out that some regions are real hotspots for road rage.

Seven out of 10 French drivers have admitted to screaming insults at other vehicles that annoy them on the road – way above the European average of 56 percent, according to a major inter-European survey of drivers conducted by motorway operators Vinci.

Almost six out of 10 French people admit to honking their horn in frustration, while a third said that they had also overtaken slow-moving traffic on the right on motorways.


The Vinci Foundation's 2019 Responsible Driving Barometer also reveals that the problem is getting worse year on year.

And within France there are some significant regional variations on the level of driver fury.

Topping the rage poll – as will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever attempted to drive round the Arc de Triomphe roundabout – are Parisians.

Is Paris traffic the reason for the city's high rage levels. Photo: AFP

Seventy four percent of Parisians admitted to screaming abuse at other drivers, whether with the window up or down, closely followed by the drivers of Marseille and the surrounding Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region at 70 per cent.

By contrast the most mellow French drivers are to be found in Nantes and Strasbourg, where a mere 64 per cent admitted to hurling abuse at fellow road users.

Parisians are also heaviest on the horn, perhaps unsurprisingly given the city's notorious traffic jams, with 70 percent admitting to using their horn in anger.

The more peaceful rural routes of Brittany, however, see just 20 per cent of drivers using their horn to express road rage.

Here is the full list of regional aggression

Ile-de-France – 74 per cent shout abuse and 70 per cent use the horn angrily

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur – 70 per cent shout, 56 percent use the horn

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté – 70 percent shout, 64 use the horn

Centre-Val de Loire – 70 percent shout, 55 percent use the horn

Nouvelle Aquitaine – 68 percent shout, 60 use the horn

Hauts-de-France – 68 percent shout, 57 percent use the horn

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes – 68 percent shout, 55 percent use the horn

Normandie 66 percent shout, 60 percent use the horn

Occitaine – 66 percent shout, 59 percent use the horn

Bretagne – 66 percent shout, 47 percent use the horn

Pays de Loire – 64 percent shout, 58 percent use the horn

Grand Est – 64 percent shout, 55 percent use the horn

The 2019 Responsible Driving Barometer, conducted by Ipsos for the Vinci Motorway Foundation from February 25th to March 13th, interviewed 12,418 people in 11 countries, including a minimum of 1,000 people per country.


French vocab

Klaxon de voiture – car horn

Crier des noms d’oiseaux – literally translated as 'shouting birds' names' this French phrase has a general sense of shouting an insulting remark at someone

Rage au volant – road rage

Putain – if you want to go the whole hog and join with the tirade of French abuse, you will need this handy word. Find out more about this most versatile of French swearwords here (warning, explicit language).










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