British motorists are becoming more patient and polite, according to a survey.
Far from the image of a nation of road-rage drivers, more than a third (34 per cent) of those polled said they smiled at other motorists when pushing in a queue or jumping lanes, while 20 per cent use a friendly wave.
Only three per cent admitted to losing their temper and swearing, with motorists aged 45 to 54 the worst offenders.
More women than men are prepared to use their charms by smiling at other drivers but motorists aged over 55 are the least smiley of any age group.
The survey was carried out in April with 2,000 respondents by Opinion Matters for car supermarket Carcraft.
The poll also revealed that 60% of motorists are happy to sit in queuing traffic until it moves, with 25 per cent prepared to seek an alternative route.
Only a small minority said they pushed in where they could or jumped from lane-to-lane.
Julia Dallimore, from Carcraft, said: “It appears drivers are getting less wound up when they’re on the road.
“They’re becoming more patient and courteous, and instead of using their horns, swearing or cutting in front of other drivers they’re opting to use a smile or a wave instead.
“Britain is definitely driving happier.”