Drivers in Ile-de-France have topped a ranking of the rudest motorists in the country, swiftly followed by Occitanie – with horn beeping and insults flying between drivers among the major issues reported.
The Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region came in third place, followed by Marseille and the Paca region in fourth.
The results come from an Ipsos poll for motorway company Vinci Autoroutes, which questioned people in France on their driving behaviour.*
Reported issues included:
Insults between drivers
Drivers getting out of their vehicles to shout at others
Overtaking on the right
In addition, despite mobile phone use being illegal while driving in France (even using a hands-free set), the poll found:
74% use their phone often when driving
Of these, 61% do so to talk on the phone (including 42% who do this regularly)
31% to read or send texts
11% to take part in work meetings while driving
8% to watch a film or video
The poll also found that 46% of drivers continue to drive even when they feel very tired, and 16% said they had already had (or nearly had) an accident because they were falling asleep at the wheel.
Bernadette Moreau, general delegate of Vinci Autoroutes, said that reports of antisocial behaviour while driving had reached pre-pandemic levels, after a slight drop during the health crisis.
She told Le Parisien: “We had seen, through our 2021 barometer, a very slight downturn in the number of incidents, which was certainly the consequence of the Covid period, with fewer traffic jams on the roads and therefore less reason to get angry.”
“Unfortunately, it seems that we are now back to the bad habits of before lockdown.”
*Ipsos Vinci Autoroutes poll, conducted online from March 5-21, 2022, on a representative sample of 2,400 French people aged 16 and over (mainland, not including Corsica).