STUDY: Nearly 80% of drivers have road rage

Posted at 2:46 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 06:04:39-04

STUDY: Nearly 80% of drivers have road rage

A new study finds nearly 80 percent of drivers have expressed road rage over the past year.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety surveyed more than 2,700 drivers.

It found the most common road rage behaviors were:

  1.     Purposefully tailgating
  2.     Yelling at another driver
  3.     Honking to show annoyance or anger
  4.     Making angry gestures
  5.     Trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes
  6.     Cutting off another vehicle on purpose
  7.     Getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver
  8.     Bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose

"Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage," said Jurek Grabowski, Director of Research for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly."

The study also found male and younger drivers between 19-39 were most likely to express road rage. Researchers say men were three times as likely as women to get out of a vehicle to confront another driver or ram another vehicle on purpose.

Researchers also say drivers in the Northeast were mostly likely to yell, honk or display an angry gesture compared to drivers in other regions of the country.