What driving school dropout cut me off then slowed down in the fast lane driving eastbound on I-88? Why does it happen that I ALWAYS get behind the jerk who must observe the speed limit, or even worse, drive five mph SLOWER than the posted limit?
A new survey of America’s commuters reveals some interesting facts. Many more women than men tend to experience road rage and fly into a fit of fury. The study was conducted by Harris Interactive between May 14 and June 4 of this year. Over 3,800 commuters were surveyed, all of whom were employed full-time and most of whom (83%) drove to their workplaces. For the purposes of the study, Harris limited participants to those who were not self-employed and not in government jobs.
Of those surveyed, 61% of women said that they had experienced road rage, compared to 56% of men.
Roughly 68% of respondents between 25 and 34 years old said they experienced road rage, while just 47% of those 55 and older said the same.
About 9% of those commuters have actually gotten into a fight with another commuter.
One in four has been involved in an accident.
30% of those surveyed have admitted to texting while driving.
The study was commissioned by CareerBuilder. Among the tips that CareerBuilder offers for making commutes less stressful are leaving earlier, taking public transportation, and playing easy-listening tunes en route. They recommend against listening to heavy, aggressive music.
I disagree. There’s nothing like a good bit of Disturbed or Ramones on the stereo to keep me calm while pretending I’m an individual blood vessel among many, traversing the body of the world via its well designed, aging, and sometimes inefficient clogged arteries.