In a ground-breaking piece of research study, the AAA discovered that road rage has actually reached epidemic proportions. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety exposed that near to 8 out of 10 Americans expressed some type of road rage in the past year. Of these, 3%, which represents 5.7 million drivers, reported “Bumping or ramming another automobile on purpose.”
In a news release, the structure stated:
Almost 80 percent of motorists expressed substantial anger, aggressiveness or road rage behind the wheel a minimum of one time in the past year, as per a new study launched by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The most worrying findings suggest that around 8 million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another automobile or getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver.
Jurek Grabowski, Director of Research study for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, specified:
Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the day-to-day stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into unsafe road rage. Far too many motorists are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn fatal.
A considerable number of U.S. drivers reported engaging in angry and aggressive behaviors over the past year, as per the research study’s estimates:
Purposefully tailgating: 51 percent (104 million motorists) Yelling at another motorist: 47 percent (95 million motorists) Beeping to demonstrate to inconvenience or anger: 45 percent (91 million drivers) Making angry gestures: 33 percent (67 million drivers) Attempting to block another car from altering lanes: 24 percent (49 million drivers) Cutting off another car on purpose: 12 percent (24 million drivers) Leaving the vehicle to face another motorist: 4 percent (7.6 million motorists) Bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose: 3 percent (5.7 million motorists).
Age and testosterone are likewise contributing factors:
Male and younger drivers ages 19-39 were significantly more likely to take part in aggressive habits. For instance, male motorists were more than three times as most likely as female drivers to have actually left an automobile to confront another driver or rammed another vehicle on purpose.