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South Africa tops road rage list
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South Africans have always had a reputation for being poor drivers
South African drivers are the worst road rage offenders in the world, an international survey has found.

Some 67% of South African motorists reported aggressive behaviour directed at them in the past year - more than in any of the 10 countries surveyed.

Eleven per cent were at the receiving end of threatening behaviour, with the aggressor getting out of his vehicle, ready for a fight, the report said.

South Africa's road rage is set to worsen as car numbers rise, it says.

'Extremely aggressive'

South Africans have always had a reputation for being poor drivers, who see their cars as an extension of their egos.

But the survey by the marketing company Synovate makes it official.

South African motorists proved more fiery than their counterparts in Brazil, France, Greece, India, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, the UK and the US.

Of the 4,000 people questioned, the UK came second in the list, with Greece third.

Albert McLean of Synovate described South African drivers as "extremely aggressive".

The cost of this poor behaviour contributes to a staggering toll in crashes: 36 deaths a day, and a bill of more $5bn a year.

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