Around four in five U.S. drivers experienced road rage at some point while behind the wheel over the past year, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
For the study, the AAA Foundation analyzed data collected in 2014 for its Traffic Safety Culture Index, a nationally representative online survey of 2,705 licensed U.S. drivers ages 16 and up. Respondents were asked how frequently they engaged in driving behaviors generally regarded as aggressive.
"Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage," explains 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."
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So how exactly are drivers "lashing out"? According to the study's estimates, 51 percent of drivers, around 104 million people, purposefully tailgate others on the road. Forty-seven percent, or 95 million drivers, yell at others. Forty-five percent honk to show annoyance or anger.
Other common ways of acting out include making rude gestures, trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes or intentionally cutting off another car.
Then there are the extreme examples of road rage, found in approximately 8 million out of the 210 million drivers on the road today, or roughly 4 percent. These drivers go so far as to intentionally ram other vehicles or get out of their cars to confront another driver.
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