Road rage by the numbers
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studied aggressive driving as part of its annual Traffic Safety Culture Index. Researchers surveyed 2,705 licensed drivers aged 16 and older. Nearly 80% of those drivers admitted to at least one aggressive driving behavior in the past year.
51% of drivers
admitted to tailgating another driver
47% of drivers
admitted to yelling at another driver
What you can do
45% of drivers
admitted to honking to show anger
33% of drivers
admitted to making offensive gestures
24% of drivers
admitted they tried to block another driver's lane change
12% of drivers
admitted to cutting off another driver on purpose
4% of drivers
admitted they left their vehicle to confront another driver
3% of drivers
admitted to hitting another vehicle on purpose
- Avoid moves that force other drivers to change their speed or direction.
- When switching lanes, first check that you have space, then use your signal.
- Move to the right if you’re driving more slowly than surrounding traffic.
- Avoid tailgating, and slow down if you’re following too closely.
- Steer clear of drivers who are speeding, tailgating, and otherwise behaving aggressively.
- Avoid making eye contact with angry drivers; they may see it as a challenge.
- Contact the police if a situation escalates and you feel unsafe.
Don't get angry
- Don’t take another driver’s actions personally. They may be having a bad day, or may not realize they've inconvenienced you.
- Let go of your pride. “Winning” isn't worth the risk to your safety and the safety of other drivers around you.
- Seek professional help if you think you have a serious behavioral issue.