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Study Reveals Women More Prone To Road Rage Than Men
CBS Baltimore ^ | 07/28/2012

Posted on 07/28/2012 4:27:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A new survey of America’s commuters reveals some interesting facts. Chief among them: many folks text and drive, while far more — especially women — have a tendency to fly off the handle.

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.

When all the dust had settled, Harris found that America has some very angry drivers, and quite a few who aren’t entirely safety-conscious. Here are the major takeaways:

Women are more prone to road rage than men. Of those surveyed, 61% of women said that they had experienced road rage, compared to 56% of men.

Younger drivers are more prone to road rage than older ones. 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.

It’s too darn hot (for road rage): 17% of those surveyed said they experienced less road rage during the summer months, while 10% said they experienced more.

Roughly 9% of commuters have actually gotten into a fight with another commuter.

Almost one in four commuters — 24% to be precise — has been involved in an accidenten route to work. We’d expect that figure to be a little higher because…

Fully 30% of commuters have sent text messages while driving to and from work.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimore.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Science; Society
KEYWORDS: anger; genderwars; roadrage; women

1 posted on 07/28/2012 4:27:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

2 posted on 07/28/2012 4:27:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe women are just more prone not to lie about it.


3 posted on 07/28/2012 4:32:00 PM PDT by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: SeekAndFind
For the purposes of the study, Harris limited participants to those who were not self-employed and not in government jobs.

Why?
4 posted on 07/28/2012 4:35:26 PM PDT by Cruising For Freedom
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To: beandog

That or road rage to women is flipping the bird while road rage to men is getting out of the car.


5 posted on 07/28/2012 4:37:40 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Luckily they don’t do much about it, I’ve never seen females get out of their cars to fight it out.


6 posted on 07/28/2012 4:42:11 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I get road frustration, not road rage. Mainly when slow traffic moves into the left lane, or when everyone at the head of the lane is driving at the same speed and thus preventing traffic from passing.


7 posted on 07/28/2012 4:48:53 PM PDT by Terpfen (Any candidate is better than Obama. Any.)
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To: ansel12

I got out of the car once. And I’m female. I got out to argue when the other driver got out. Needless to say, I’ll never do that again.


8 posted on 07/28/2012 5:04:49 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes
I got out once as well, and was the one who had sense enough to realize where things were headed, weighed the advantages (none) & disadvantages (many), and got back in.

Of course this handed the other guy a victory by default, & he got to strut off as if he'd won a huge victory.

It really is best to keep eyes forward and focus on just getting from point a to point b, because there is no good outcome in road rage incidents.

9 posted on 07/28/2012 5:10:50 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: beandog
Depends on how you read that ~ so, are women more prone to road rage than women are prone to men ~ see!

We are not talking about an obvious behavior but to a preference for maybe an emotional state.

So, which is it ~ does the highway excite them more than men excite them?

10 posted on 07/28/2012 5:13:19 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind

The numbers would be even worse if they included government employees.


11 posted on 07/28/2012 5:16:18 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: skeeter

When I got back into the car, the guy came right up to my window and lifted his hand to hit me. Luckily, I was already on the cell with the police. When they lectured me later, I explained that, by getting out, I was trying to keep him away from the car and attract attention from other people. They said I should’ve locked the doors, closed the windows, and sat tight. (I was blocked by two cars, but in hindsight, I guess I could’ve backed up to get away.)

BTW, it all started because another woman driver yelled an obscenity at me while driving by (small street, and I guess I didn’t move over fast enough for her royal highness). So it began as an argument between two women, and she must’ve called this guy to back her up. LOL... funny, considering this study.


12 posted on 07/28/2012 5:25:33 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Yeah, avoiding such people and situations starts with understanding that there is absolutely no way to win.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: ansel12

Some woman stopped in front of me and got out of her car—she thought I had cut her off. I pulled around and left her standing in the road.


14 posted on 07/28/2012 5:41:28 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Getting out of the car is an aggressive act and there isn’t a male out there when another driver gets out of their car who won’t respond in kind.....

Any driver who gets out of their vehicle (during a road rage incident) and approaches the other vehicle better expect to get into a fight.....

Unfortunately ladies, there are guys that don’t mind hitting a gal....those numbers increase in a road rage confrontation.....

And don’t think bringing a gun will help, you’ll go to prison if you get out first and approach the other vehicle armed....


15 posted on 07/28/2012 5:43:22 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Huntress

But did she have a weapon or tire iron in her hand, was she prepared to take it all the way, men will, and stop for that reason.


16 posted on 07/28/2012 5:48:04 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: beandog
Maybe women are just more prone not to lie about it.

LOL, what a nasty remark. Women just HATE being exposed as less than little angels. And what's their favorite response? Stab a man and change the subject - just like you did.

Women don't have more road rage than men because men are liars, huh?

How about women have FAR MORE road rage than men, AND lie more than men, so the statistics for women are TOO LOW, while men have no reason to lie about something so trivial because they aren't pretending to be angels?

What are you going to do now, burn down my city?

Female hypocrisy and rage - it NEVER ends, because they're INSANE (that's they're "secret" - shhhh, don't tell, because it's SO hard to see).

:: spit ::

17 posted on 07/28/2012 5:50:20 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Men don’t ever go on the rag.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 5:55:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: nevergore

I hear ya. For the record, the guy got out of his car first, after blocking my car with his. I got out expecting no more than an argument. This happened on my own street, not far from my house. I figured the guy must be a neighbor. I never went up to his car, just stood at my door.

Bottom line: You’re right - it’s probably never a good idea to get out of the car at all.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 6:07:34 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: SeekAndFind

There is a simultaneous thread about Evil. Relevant!


20 posted on 07/28/2012 6:10:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Cruising For Freedom

“For the purposes of the study, Harris limited participants to those who were not self-employed and not in government jobs.

Why?”
Because self-employed are those crappy 1% people who aren’t paying enough taxes and people with government jobs are saints.


21 posted on 07/28/2012 6:15:55 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Terpfen

I’ll admit to that.

I drove a fair amount in Italy 4 years ago. It was great being in a place where darn near everyone was paying attention, getting down the road, and acting cooperatively in doing so. I think driving is seen as more of an art there. Here it is something you do while drinking your Starbucks or eating your Mickey-Dees.


22 posted on 07/28/2012 6:22:41 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: skeeter; Tired of Taxes

I try to do nothing more these days than wave in a really friendly manner, as if I’ve recognized a long-lost best friend.

This can really, really piss people off.

;-P


23 posted on 07/28/2012 6:27:50 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Huntress

A long time ago (30+ years, thinking about it), I had a guy get out of his car like that and head towards me. I hit the throttle and dropped the clutch, going around him in a way such that if he hadn’t jumped back in his car and closed his door, I’d have taken his door off (and missed him).

I’m glad he jumped back in.


24 posted on 07/28/2012 6:32:08 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

(Not a photoshop. The Queen is serious. Did you see her parachuting last night?)

25 posted on 07/28/2012 6:40:03 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: SeekAndFind

26 posted on 07/28/2012 6:41:36 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Tired of Taxes
Bottom line: You’re right - it’s probably never a good idea to get out of the car at all.”

You have that right. Never write checks with your mouth that your a$$ can't cash. I have been with women who jump out of the car to run up to the other car to confront the driver over some slight real or imagined. Always managed to convince them to get back in the car as they are looking to find out who is carrying a gun or recently were paroled. A friend of mine used to carry a small fire extinguisher in his car not only for fire prevention but to dissuade those who would try to open your door and pull you out over some trivial incident. It effectively calms some one down when their mouth,eyes and nose are drenched in fire retardant.

27 posted on 07/28/2012 6:52:26 PM PDT by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: Revolting cat!

That is Jimmy Carter in a wig.


28 posted on 07/28/2012 7:13:35 PM PDT by Blado (Obamunism is the cancer... you know the answer.)
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To: FreedomPoster

That’s a good idea. :-)


29 posted on 07/28/2012 7:22:25 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Polynikes
Never write checks with your mouth that your a$$ can't cash.

lol... Never heard it put that way before.

The fire extinguisher is a good idea.

30 posted on 07/28/2012 7:26:00 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Perdogg

Hey, you’d be upset too if someone put on the brakes and caused you to mess up the eye makeup you were putting on during a hands-free cell call. Thanks SeekAndFind.


31 posted on 07/28/2012 8:09:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Just glad you were safe.....

As a guy, I’m surprisingly not really subject to road rage....I really just don’t care enough when I get cut off....

However, I’ll relate a one story....

I was driving on a secondary road in metro Atlanata with my then 8 year old son in a rental car....the rental car passenger side mirror was broken (couldn’t be adjusted) properly for the blind spot.

I accidently cut of a guy in a jacked-up pickup truck (lost him in the blind spot), clearly my fault. I waved to him apologetically and yelled sorry....

He went totally “ape sh*t”, swevering around me, running up on my tail, cutting me off and slamming his brakes....I backed off and let him go....we came to a light and he pulled along side.he rolled his window down and I did mine....before he could say anything I loudly apologized again. (This was important since I wanted to use this as a point to my son to take responsibility, and sometimes this is embarassing)

Instead of accepting this, the giuy launched into a barrage of cursing and threats.....I again apologized and warned him that I had an 8 year old boy in the car and to watch his language....

Well...I put the car in park, got out and told him if he wanted to “dance” let’s go right here right now, however, I didn’t approach his vehicle and stood next to mine making this “his” call....the clear message; I was ready and willing but he would have to escalate....Obviously the “jacked” up truck was compensation for “other” inadequacies.... He took off....

My son learned some important lessons, 1. Accept responsibility for your actions 2. You have a right to stand up for yourself (my response was measured and appropriate to the threat)

I have seen numerous roadside fights...usually short (most fights are) but once anyone leaves a vehicle they have to expect at a minimum a punch to the face...probably worse....

Again, glad you were safe......if you can’t get away...call 911, stay in your vehicle, lock your doors, and get a gun or a good non-leathal device such as bear spray...


32 posted on 07/29/2012 4:21:27 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Talisker

Considering how worked up you got about my comment, I have know doubt you suffer from more than road rage.


33 posted on 07/29/2012 5:11:55 AM PDT by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: SeekAndFind

It happened to me once. A moron driver did something stupid close to me, and I went into full blown rage and did equally stupid things in response. Fortunately, there were no injuries or damage from the incident.

I scared the heck out of myself when I reflected on it later. I now count to ten before responding to moronic moves on the highway with anything other than a “read my lips” moment.


34 posted on 07/29/2012 12:13:23 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: nevergore

You handled that situation well. I’ve seen numerous roadside arguments and fights, too.

The first incident I described happened around six years ago. But, a couple of years ago, I had another incident, very similar to yours, that was clearly my fault. And all of my kids were in the car with me. Usually, I check the side mirror and then turn to look behind me. This one time, I checked the side mirror only... and saw nothing. The other car must’ve been in a blind spot.

When I started into the other lane, he honked, and I quickly got back over. I immediately told the kids it was my fault, and I slowed down a little bit to let him catch up to me so that I could apologize. Like the guy in your story, this guy was going totally nuts. When we stopped at the light, he was screaming, cursing, calling me all sorts of names, and I just kept saying sincerely, “I’m sorry.”

My sons were probably 14, 12, and 8 at the time. I was glad that they were so coolheaded, almost amused by the whole situation. While he was screaming, they were just looking at him as if he were an interesting anomaly. When the light turned green, he screeched away in a rage, and the oldest one said dryly, “Well, he was polite.”

Thinking about it later, considering how he screeched away, he probably was the type of driver who cuts off other drivers all the time.

We can’t carry a gun in my state, btw. I asked after that first incident. I liked the fire extinguisher idea, though.


35 posted on 07/29/2012 1:14:39 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: ansel12

No, she was just hollering at me.


36 posted on 07/29/2012 8:53:29 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: SeekAndFind

Women should never have been allowed to vote or drive!


37 posted on 07/29/2012 8:56:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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