Study Suggests Most of Us Have Been Guilty of Aggressive Driving
A recent AAA study shows that, at some point, most of us have been guilty of aggressive driving.
Polled by the American Automobile Association about their driving habits, almost 80 percent of drivers self-reported expressing aggression, substantial anger, or road rage sometime during the past year.
Among the behaviors reported by drivers were blocking or cutting off other drivers, aggressive horn honking, tailgating, and the use of obscene gestures toward other motorists.
Jake Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research with AAA, says that drivers will engage in behaviors when they are angry that they would otherwise not dream of if they were not behind the wheel. And it happens all over the country.
A traffic dispute in Austin, Texas escalated into a baseball bat duel back in January. And an all-out skirmish broke out at a traffic light near San Bernardino.
State troopers in Virginia say they witness this type of activity every day- a quarrel turns into a fist fight and then, before you know it, you have two drivers brawling on the side of the interstate.
In an extreme case in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an 18-year-old driver and his 17-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries when a pickup truck rammed them from behind because the truck driver was unable to pass and became frustrated.
The driver of the truck, 45-year-old Aarick Caldwell, was later found and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
The problem is so widespread that AAA reports over half of traffic fatalities involve some form of aggressive driving. Experts on driving habits agree that men are three times more likely than women to engage in such behaviors. And 19 to 39-year-old men are the group that demonstrates the most aggression on the road.
More than any other part of the country, motorists on the congested roadways of the northeast are the most apt to scream, honk aggressively, or send other drivers unfriendly gestures.
Safety experts encourage drivers to exercise patience while behind the wheel. Nelson adds that drivers should try to be tolerant, disregard the aggressive actions of others, and focus on arriving safely at your destination.
If you are engaged by an aggressive driver, do not respond to them. If they tailgate or attempt to follow you, do not go home. Instead, call 911 and drive to the nearest fire station, police department, or public place to get help.
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