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AAA Foundation Study Suggests Entirely Too Much Road Rage

Car Rental & Rail | Gabe Zaldivar | July 15, 2016

AAA Foundation Study Suggests Entirely Too Much Road Rage

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We all need to take one very deep breath and let it all out, because we are driving with entirely too much stress.

That seems to be the case, according to a study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which found that about 80 percent of drivers out there have, “expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year.”

Of course, many of you road warriors in the audience will look at that number and declare, “Yeah, that’s about right.”

The study lays out some startling statistics, such as the suggestion that last year, eight million drivers were so frustrated they just threw up their figurative hands and hit another vehicle.

Let that sink in for just a second. A possible eight million people were so aggravated that they showed no regard for personal safety or property and started playing bumper cars out there in the wild.

To you business travelers driving around, please be careful.

Of course, this is mere extrapolation for the AAA Foundation, which in actuality queried some 2,705 licensed drivers for its statistics.

The respondents were very forthcoming, stating that they indeed purposefully tailgated to the tune of 51 percent of those who answered. Extrapolate that number to the amount of drivers on the road and AAA calculates that at 104 million drivers.

Simply yelling at another driver is pretty popular too (47 percent) as is laying on the horn when someone else is being ridiculous (45 percent).

Jurek Grabowski, Director of Research for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, explained, “Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage.”

Grabowski continued with some warning, "Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly.”

As for demographic, males between the ages of 19 and 39 were the greatest culprits, as were those from the great Northeast who are particularly fond of voicing their aggression to other drivers.

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Expedia previously unveiled its own study of road rage and found the biggest nuisances on the road, which were headlined by The Texter, The Tailgater and The Last-Minute Line-Cutter.

Just mentioning those people should have some of you fuming. If so, take another breath and relax.

If we all stay calm we’ll get to our destinations safely, which is the most important thing after all.


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