Germans Found To Be Most Aggressive Drivers In Europe

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Autobahn light trail

Germany is known for speed on the road with the famous Autobahn, and after a recent study, Germans now can take credit for being the most aggressive on the road as well.

A survey conducted by Ipsos looked at the driving habits of Europeans and found that on average, German drivers are much more aggressive than their European neighbors. However, when asked to rate themselves, an overwhelming majority of Germans saw themselves as being quite nice to others on the road.

When asked about using aggressive language and gestures towards other drivers on the road, 67-percent of Germans admitted to committing the act, whereas the European average is 56-percent.

Germans are apparently fans of tailgating as well. 34-percent of Germans admitted to intimidating vehicles in front of them by following closer than they should. The European average was 32-percent.

Despite the results, Germans have been able to still manage a positive image among the some of their neighbors. Drivers from Greece, Poland and Spain believe that Germans are Europe’s most considerate drivers.


Sources: EurActiv, Ipsos
Photo: LordSchrammi [Flickr]

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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