Streets of rage: New survey reveals Canterbury worst region for road rage

Photo: Getty Images / File
Photo: Getty Images / File
Cantabrians are more likely to experience road rage than anyone else in New Zealand, a new survey has found.

AA Insurance customer relations manager Amelia Macandrew said 43 per cent of Canterbury drivers have experienced road rage, either from others or themselves, over the Christmas period.

This was the highest of any region in New Zealand and above the national average of more than one third of Kiwis.

Macandrew said people should be mindful of this and embrace the Christmas spirit on the roads.

"I think it's one of those times where people need to take their time and be patient, follow the road rules and just practice good old-fashioned courtesy while they're out on the road."

The figures came from the recent AA Insurance lifestyle and driver survey. The age group most susceptible were those between 18 and 34, with 52 per cent of respondents experiencing road rage.

“It’s been a particularly stressful year, and with everyone now staying in New Zealand over the Christmas holidays, there will be more of us on the road this year,” Macandrew said.

“Let’s make an effort to embrace the Christmas spirit a little more this year and be kinder and calmer on the roads.”

She also advised Cantabrians to exercise caution to prevent thefts of their vehicles and car break ins.

The percentage of Kiwis reporting items stolen from parked cars during the year fell from 78 per cent last year to 66 per cent this year.

“However, this is little consolation to the 14 per cent of respondents who had their belongings stolen from their cars over the Christmas season,” she said.

Others fared even worse. Over the Christmas period, 11 per cent of survey respondents have had their vehicle stolen.

How the regions rank:
• Canterbury - 43 per cent
• Auckland - 37 per cent
• Rest of South Island - 33 per cent
• Rest of North Island - 31 per cent
• Wellington - 28 per cent

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