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Road rage: Which UK cities have the angriest drivers?

Liverpool boasts the most laid-back motorists in the country - but watch out in Glasgow, warns survey

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Drivers in Glasgow are the angriest in the UK, according to a  poll measuring levels of road rage around the country.

More than 2,000  motorists took part in the YouGov survey conducted for Ikano Bank, which asked how regularly they experienced feelings of stress, frustration and anger on the roads.

Glaswegians "were on average the angriest, most impatient, anxious and stressed" drivers of the 14 cities surveyed, reports Glasgow Live. More than a third of respondents admitted to regularly getting worked up at the wheel.

However, the picture couldn't be more different across the country in Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, where 70 per cent of drivers said they rarely felt angry or impatient while driving.

Newcastle came in second for road rage, while Bristol took third place.

At the other end of the scale, the streets of Liverpool were judged the calmest of the 14 cities, with only 16 per cent of drivers admitting to regularly losing their temper.

Surprisingly, London only came in at number seven on the list - despite the congestion charge, lack of parking and a city centre permanently clogged with slow-crawling traffic.

On an international scale, however, UK drivers are some of the angriest in Europe, second only to Italy for levels of road rage.

Neil Greig, the director of research and policy at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, told STV  the figures were to be expected.

"It's no surprise that the UK rate's so high for road rage as we have some of the most congested roads in Europe," he said. He recommends drivers take proactive steps to minimise the chances of encountering stressful situations, such as ensuring they have enough petrol.

Seething Britons could look to Sweden, whose drivers were ranked the most patient and peaceful, for inspiration.

"In the UK, we have long been famous for our capacity for waiting patiently in queues," says Simon Ripton of Ikano Bank. "But these results show we could learn something from Sweden."

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