Women are more likely to be verbally abusive to other drivers on the road according to a survey of 1,000 drivers by BMW.
These findings turn traditional gender stereotypes on their head as women were found more likely to say ‘idiot’ and less likely to say sorry to other drivers. Men are also slightly more likely to say thank you (48%) than women (46%). There is also evidence that a new unofficial language has been developed for the road using headlight signals.
The RAC Foundation has long recognised that communication on the road network is an important issue that can have very confusing and aggrivating consequences. The Foundation is due to publish some findings and recommendation on this issue shortly.
(Source: The Secret Life of Cars and what they reveal about us, BMW, 2007)