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1 May 2008

Autoglass warns of bank holiday 'Caravanger'

As millions head off for the great bank holiday getaway, Autoglass is warning of a new danger on Britain’s roads. Caravanger – the road rage caused by being stuck behind caravans and other slow moving vehicles – affects nearly two thirds of drivers (60%) according to new research and could get some tempers hotter than the mercury this bank holiday.

Worryingly, one in ten (10%) drivers questioned in the survey admits to letting their caravanger affect their driving, with younger drivers 50% more likely to let their irritation get the better of them. Men are the worst culprits, with more than double the number of female drivers getting wound up when following a slow moving caravan.

The research into driver habits also reveals that one in 20 (5%) admits to overtaking caravans at an unsafe speed, with men twice as likely as women to risk such a dangerous manoeuvre.

Incidents of caravanger are expected to soar over the bank holiday weekend, particularly in rural and coastal areas where UK holidaymakers flock to spend the half term break. According to The Camping and Caravanning Club, there could be up to one million caravans on the roads.

Nev Ramsbottom, chairman of The Camping and Caravanning Club said: “Caravanners are some of the safest and spatially aware drivers, but they are restricted by law to travel below the national speed limit. It’s a shame that caravanners seem to bear the brunt of other drivers’ frustrations when they are just another holidaymaker trying to get to where they’re going.”

Nigel Doggett, managing director at Autoglass added: “High volumes of traffic, hot weather and long journeys can all contribute to drivers feeling stressed behind the wheel. We would advise people to plan in extra time for their trips to ease the frustration caused by caravans and other slow moving vehicles, and try to show some courtesy when overtaking. Resist the urge to see red, and everyone can have a safe journey this weekend.”

Autoglass is committed to campaigns that help raise awareness for motorists about the importance of driving safely. With 121 branches nationwide and 1,200 mobile service units, Autoglass is the UK’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service.

For details of your nearest centre call 0800 36 36 36 or visit www.Autoglass.co.uk.

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