NEW research reveals two fifths of drivers have suffered from road rage on a rural road.

Research released by reveals what gets drivers’ goat when it comes to rural roads.

Unsurprisingly, two fifths (40 per cent) of UK drivers said they suffer from road rage on rural roads, with an increased number of hazards and inconsiderate road users.

Over half (54 per cent) of drivers admit that cyclists riding side by side along country lanes is the hazard that gets their blood boiling the most, with more than one in two (53 per cent) also saying they are concerned about other drivers speeding dangerously down the narrow roads.

And almost one in four (23 per cent) of drivers express their anger to these inconsiderate road users by shouting, beeping their horn (34 per cent) and throwing up the middle finger (14 per cent).

Like James Corden in the latest ad, almost half of drivers (49 per cent) have encountered a sheep blocking the road when driving down country lanes. And out of frustration, over 1 in 8 (13 per cent) have admitted to shouting at an animal, with 17 per cent of those shouting at a sheep, 10 per cent a cow, and 14 per cent a bird. Many drivers (47 per cent) have swerved their car to avoid an animal which endangers all other road users.

Worryingly, almost two in three (63 per cent) drivers did not know that rural roads are in fact the most dangerous type of road, far worse than motorways.

Last year in 2016, the number of people killed on non-built up roads was over 10 times higher than on motorways.

The number of deaths on non-built up roads has increased by 4 per cent in the last year alone. With over two in five (41 per cent) drivers experiencing an accident or near miss on a country lane.

Top tips to drive safely on country roads:

1.Anticipate potential hazards, rural roads are full of twists and turns so give yourself enough time to react to dangers lurking around the corner.

2.Many rural roads have higher maximum speed limits than roads in built-up areas, but this doesn’t mean you should drive at the top end of the limit. Choose a safe speed and allow plenty of stopping distance between other cars or road users.

3.Overtaking can be very dangerous on rural roads, so don’t ever feel pressured by cars behind to overtake. If overtaking cyclists and horse riders, do so slowly, giving plenty of space and avoid blind corners.

4.Be aware of animals and farm vehicles as they may emerge from concealed field entrances.

5.If you’re driving on the roads in the dark, use your full beam headlights properly and adjust your interior mirror to avoid dazzle.

6.Rural roads can get extremely icy in the winter because of a lack of gritting. If you encounter a skid, gently steer into it.