Expedia Discovers the Nation's Top 12 Causes Of Road Rage
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Business travelers preparing to rent a car or families simply packing for a road trip, you may want to read this.
Travel website Expedia.com discovered what it is that really gets you good and angry as you’re behind the wheel.
And, as you are already aware, texting drivers leads the way.
Expedia worked with GfK’s team of researchers, who asked 1,000 people various questions and put together the Expedia 2016 Road Rage Report.
Now before we get too far along, we might as well drop the list of nefarious drivers on you. Here is the list via Expedia’s press release.
The Last-Minute Line-Cutter
The Left-Lane Hog
The Red Light Racer
The texter isn’t just aggravating, he/she is downright dangerous.
Back in November, the FCC released some statistics. The most startling is this fact taken from a few years prior: “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes — with 3,328 people killed — and crashes resulting in an injury – with 421,000 people wounded.”
This is a great time to remind you to ignore the phone, regardless of whatever text or email you are expecting on the road.
As for the other nasty drivers, the usual suspects pop up. Although, sadly missing from the list is the person driving 50 in the fast lane. There is a special place in our hearts for these people.
In any case, Expedia came away with some informational gems, such as how frequent the middle finger has been on American roads.
The report states that 48 percent of drivers have been witness to “rude/hostile hand gesture(s)” of some sort. We will let your mind wander in that regard.
Another fine point to glean from the deluge of details is the fact that drivers don’t want to be told where to go or how to get there.
The job of a passenger is to sit there and keep the snacks coming. The report states that 61 percent of respondents proclaimed backseat driving was the “most offensive” in-car habit. So keep your off-ramp opinions to yourself.
Now, of course, these findings are about everyone but you. We understand that you drive with hands at ten and two and with an eye on all matters happening around the car.
But still, you might want to use this time to reevaluate your automotive attitudes. Drive safe, America.
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