FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – A new AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety survey released on Thursday shows that around 80 percent of drivers in Fairfield County and across the country have shown significant anger, aggression or road rage while behind the wheel in the last year.
The results come from a national survey with more than 2,700 licensed drivers age 16 and older who reported driving in the past 30 days.
Drivers between the ages of 19 and 39 are more likely to engage in these behaviors, while men were three times more likely to do them than women, and those living in the Northeast were 30 percent more likely to engage in angry behaviors than other regions in the country.
The most likely activities angry drivers were engaging in were purposefully tailgating (51 percent) and yelling at other drivers (47 percent).
Other activities mentioned include honking to show annoyance or anger, making angry gestures, trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes, cutting off another vehicle on purpose, getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver and bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose.
Also, 7 percent of drivers were found to have engaged in extreme road rage, which includes acts such as purposely ramming another vehicle or getting out of a car to confront another driver
AAA suggests not offending another driver or avoiding responding to and engaging other drivers as ways to defuse a situation on the roads.
The full report can be read online at the AAA Foundation’s website at www.aaafoundation.org .
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