AAA research shows most drivers exhibit road rage

Almost 80 percent of drivers have experienced it

Posted July 18, 2016

A report released on July 14, 2016, by the American Automobile Association (AAA) indicates that nearly 80 percent of drivers have expressed road rage in the last year at least one time. The report, which was based on a national survey of 2,705 licensed drivers ages 16 and older who reported driving in the past 30 days, documents the following examples of road rage behavior:

  • Purposefully tailgating: 51 percent
  • Yelling at another driver: 47 percent
  • Honking to show annoyance or anger: 45 percent
  • Making angry gestures: 33 percent
  • Trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes: 24 percent
  • Cutting off another vehicle on purpose: 12 percent
  • Getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver: 4 percent
  • Bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose: 3 percent

According to the AAA, nearly two out of three drivers believe that aggressive driving is a bigger problem today than it was three years ago; and nine out of ten believe aggressive drivers are a serious threat to personal safety.

AAA offers some tips to avoid road rage incidents:

  • Don’t offend: Do not force a driver to change speed or direction. That means not making them use their brakes or turn the steering wheel in response to something you have done.
  • Be tolerant and forgiving: Perhaps the other driver is having a bad day. Assume that it’s not personal.
  • Do not respond: Avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures, maintain space around your vehicle and contact 911 if necessary.

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