Skip to comments.Study Reveals Women More Prone To Road Rage Than Men
Posted on 07/28/2012 4:27:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A new survey of Americas 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 arent 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.
Its 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. Wed expect that figure to be a little higher because
Fully 30% of commuters have sent text messages while driving to and from work.
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Maybe women are just more prone not to lie about it.
That or road rage to women is flipping the bird while road rage to men is getting out of the car.
Luckily they don’t do much about it, I’ve never seen females get out of their cars to fight it out.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The numbers would be even worse if they included government employees.
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.
Yeah, avoiding such people and situations starts with understanding that there is absolutely no way to win.
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.
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....
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.
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 ::
Men don’t ever go on the rag.
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.
There is a simultaneous thread about Evil. Relevant!
For the purposes of the study, Harris limited participants to those who were not self-employed and not in government jobs.
Because self-employed are those crappy 1% people who arent paying enough taxes and people with government jobs are saints.
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.
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.
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.
(Not a photoshop. The Queen is serious. Did you see her parachuting last night?)
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.
That is Jimmy Carter in a wig.
That’s a good idea. :-)
lol... Never heard it put that way before.
The fire extinguisher is a good idea.
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.
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...
Considering how worked up you got about my comment, I have know doubt you suffer from more than road rage.
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.
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.
No, she was just hollering at me.
Women should never have been allowed to vote or drive!