Noteworthy Findings Relating to Road Rage: 80% of Drivers Admit to It
A recently-published AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) study found that about 80 percent of all drivers report they have road rage. AAA conducted the study from August 29 to October 6, 2014. The survey asked respondents “how frequently, in the past year, the respondent had” engaged in several types of behaviors that most would consider road rage.
The following are the percentage of respondents who admitted to engaging in these road rage behaviors at least once in the previous year:
- Tailgating: 50.8 percent
- Yelling at another driver: 46.6 percent
- Honking out of annoyance or anger: 44.5 percent
- Directing a rude gesture at another driver: 32.5 percent
- Preventing another vehicle from changing lanes: 24.1 percent
- Cutting off another vehicle: 11.9 percent
- Exiting the vehicle to confront another driver: 3.7 percent
- Bumping or ramming another vehicle: 2.8 percent
Young, Male Drivers Most Likely to Report Road Rage
Drivers between 25 and 39 had the highest rates of self-reported aggressive driving behavior in all but one category – 28 percent of drivers 19 to 24 reported blocking others from changing lanes, compared to 27.5 percent of drivers 25 to 39.
And male drivers reported higher rates of road rage behaviors than female drivers across the board.
It also does not come as a surprise that drivers who self-reported speeding within the last month were more likely to report road rage behaviors too. This includes those who reported driving 15 mph over the speed limit on a highway and 10 mph over the speed limit in a residential area.
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