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by Tim Beissmann

Australian drivers have ranked ninth in a global survey of the prevalence of road rage.

The survey of 3000 motorists from 20 countries conducted by LeasePlan UK placed agitated Australian drivers just one rung below angry Americans on the list.

Both were nations of automotive saints compared with aggressive Brits, however, which by far reported the highest rates of road rage in the world.

More than three quarters (76 per cent) of UK motorists reported having been on the receiving end of an aggressive gesture, while 73 per cent have been blocked in by another driver, and more than half (53 per cent) have experienced verbal aggression.

While Australians ranked relatively low on the list for blocking in (40 per cent) and verbally abusing (34 per cent) other drivers, more than half (52 per cent) have been threatened with an aggressive gesture – higher than the rate for drivers in Germany (43 per cent) and Italy (48 per cent), and matching the US and India.

French drivers raged their way to second on the list overall, slotting just ahead of motorists from the Czech Republic, Germany and India.

Turkish drivers appear to be the most steady-tempered, ranking at the bottom of the 20-country list, with less than one quarter (23 per cent) experiencing aggressive gestures behind the wheel.

A 2011 survey conducted by GIO found 85 per cent of Australians believed drivers were more aggressive than ever before, while Brisbane led the way for instances of road rage, with 95 per cent of drivers claiming to have been on the receiving end.

Read our recent opinion piece: Road Rage: Why are you so angry?