TAMPA, Fla. – While getting angry behind the wheel is not uncommon, more Americans are admitting to some form of road rage.
According to a AAA survey, nearly eight in 10 drivers in the U.S. reported engaging in angry and aggressive behaviors in the previous year, including:
- 51 percent (104 million drivers) said they purposely tailgated.
- 47 percent (95 million drivers) yelled at another driver.
- 45 percent (91 million drivers) honked to show annoyance or anger.
- 33 percent (67 million drivers) made angry gestures.
- 24 percent (49 million drivers) tried to block another vehicle from changing lanes.
- 12 percent (24 million drivers) cut off another vehicle on purpose.
- 4 percent (7.6 million drivers) got out of a vehicle to confront another driver.
- 3 percent (5.7 million drivers) bumped or rammed another vehicle on purpose.
The study also found that male drivers and drivers between 19 and 39 were significantly more likely to engage in aggressive behaviors, while the angriest drivers were in the northeast.
In order to prevent road rage, AAA suggests:
- Don’t offend. Never cause another driver to change their speed or direction. That means not forcing another driver to use their brakes, or turn the steering wheel in response to something that you have done.
- Be tolerant and forgiving. Don’t let emotions interfere by assuming that the other driver intentionally did something to offend.
- Do not respond. Avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures, maintain space around your vehicle and contact 911 if needed.