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Men aggressive, vindictive drivers: study
Live News ^ | 01/25/2009

Posted on 01/25/2009 10:58:24 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan

Confirming what many women have known for years, new research shows men are more aggressive, dangerous and prone to road rage behind the wheel. Male drivers are twice as likely to ignore speed limits than the fairer sex and more likely to seek revenge when they feel wronged by other drivers, according to the study by insurer AAMI.

More than 2,500 men and women Australia-wide took part in the survey about driving experiences, habits and practices, which showed men are more inclined to rage against other drivers to vent their frustration on the roads. "Men admitted to engaging in a range of aggressive, dangerous and even illegal behaviours on our roads, in much higher numbers than women," AAMI spokesman Mike Sopinski said. "And while it has long been suggested that men take greater risks than women, this research clearly shows that men are themselves a greater risk on our roads."

While men and women are just as likely to gesture rudely at a motorist, men more often take the road rage further, he said. "More men than women (28 per cent versus 17 per cent) say they have been so angry with the actions of another driver that they have tailgated them," Mr Sopinski said. "Worse still, almost twice as many men as women say their tailgating was justified because of the other drivers' actions (17 per cent versus 11 per cent), which clearly shows more men than women are willing to sacrifice their safety - and that of other motorists - to get a bit of payback."

Male drivers are not all bad though. They are far more likely to warn other drivers about speed cameras by flashing their lights (60 per cent of men compared with 48 per cent of women). And not all women are angels on the road either - some just terrorise the roads at slower speeds, the research shows. Women are more likely to lodge claims for damage caused by striking stationary objects. "Women were slightly more likely than men to lodge claims for damage caused by colliding with a stationary object - 52 per cent of claims for hitting a pole, tree, fence or building were from women," Mr Sopinski said.

Women were more likely than men to hit a parked car (56 per cent versus 44 per cent) and also more likely to collide with pedestrians and cyclists (53 per cent versus 47 per cent), he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: leftlanevigilante; menvwomen; roadrage; tailgaiting
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1 posted on 01/25/2009 10:58:25 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I’d like to kill whoever wrote this article.....


2 posted on 01/25/2009 10:59:16 AM PST by Leisler
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To: BuckeyeTexan

My husband drives like an old lady, but I don’t. :-)


3 posted on 01/25/2009 10:59:26 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Not my experience.


4 posted on 01/25/2009 11:00:04 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

What man is going to admit he hit a pole or a tree in filing an insurance claim?


5 posted on 01/25/2009 11:00:53 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Colliding with a stationary object is usually unavoidable—it can’t dodge!


6 posted on 01/25/2009 11:01:30 AM PST by Mariebl
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The only reason I selectively do the speed limit is to avoid the 30 minute delay of getting a ticket. I paid for the car, gas, road and the officer giving the ticket.


7 posted on 01/25/2009 11:02:56 AM PST by TheZMan (Secede.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
"more aggressive, dangerous and prone to road rage behind the wheel. Male drivers are twice as likely to ignore speed limits than the fairer sex"

It's OK lady study-leader, you can go to mainland europe. Lots of effeminate, hand-drooping males there, who drive 2 miles under the speed limit and stop when a column of ants is crossing the road.

Men are men.


8 posted on 01/25/2009 11:03:19 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Male drivers are not all bad though. They are far more likely to warn other drivers about speed cameras by flashing their lights (60 per cent of men compared with 48 per cent of women).

I have an evil twist on this one. I live on a two lane country road with a lot of twists and turns, and the speed limit is 35. I flash my lights when there are no police around, and don't when there are.

9 posted on 01/25/2009 11:04:28 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Women were more likely than men to hit a parked car (56 per cent versus 44 per cent) and also more likely to collide with pedestrians and cyclists (53 per cent versus 47 per cent.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

(snort)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

10 posted on 01/25/2009 11:04:51 AM PST by LiberConservative
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To: GOP_Lady
Same here. I am the designated driver, not because he consumes alcohol, neither of us drink, ever. I just like to drive and I do all of it, even on cross country trips. I have to admit, I am aggressive.
11 posted on 01/25/2009 11:05:10 AM PST by Ditter
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I understand this. Mr. Gun drives like he’s on a dare.


12 posted on 01/25/2009 11:05:28 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Haven't seen these posted in a while.

1. The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.


2. I thought my window was down but found it was up when I put my hand through it.


3. A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.


4. The guy was all over the place. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.


5. I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.


6. The accident occured when I was attempting to bring my car out of a skid by steering it into the other vehicle.


7. I was driving my car out of the driveway in the usual manner, when it was struck by the other car in the same place it had been struck several times before.


8. I was on my way to the doctor’s with rear-end trouble when my universal joint gave way, causing me to have an accident.


9. As I approached the intersection, a stop sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.


10. The telephone pole was approaching fast. I was attempting to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end.


11. To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.


12. My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle.


13. An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle and vanished.


14. When I saw I could not avoid a collision, I stepped on the gas and crashed into the other car.


15. The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran him over.


16. I saw the slow-moving, sad-faced old gentleman as he bounced off the hood of my car.


17. Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.


18. The indirect cause of this accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.

13 posted on 01/25/2009 11:07:04 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
"Men admitted to engaging in a range of aggressive, dangerous and even illegal behaviours on our roads, in much higher numbers than women,"

Words fail me...

14 posted on 01/25/2009 11:08:40 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

You talkin' to me?

15 posted on 01/25/2009 11:09:19 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Here in the sunny South the women are just as aggressive as the men and twice as crazy.


16 posted on 01/25/2009 11:09:22 AM PST by Genoa
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Young black women closely followed by young white women are by far the fastest drivers around here. Not a doubt in my mind.


17 posted on 01/25/2009 11:09:59 AM PST by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: P8riot

ROTFLMAO


18 posted on 01/25/2009 11:12:39 AM PST by Ditter
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To: anniegetyourgun

Me too. It’s my road - nobody else has the right to be on it.

;-p


19 posted on 01/25/2009 11:13:32 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
It's OK lady study-leader, you can go to mainland europe. Lots of effeminate, hand-drooping males there, who drive 2 miles under the speed limit and stop when a column of ants is crossing the road.

Hmmm.... When I was in the Army we used to say that German cars only had two speeds, ON and OFF. In my experience, Europeans and Brits, of both sexes, both in the USA and at home, are borderline reckless drivers at the best of times. They seem to take out all their pent up aggression behind the wheel. They really need the NFL over there, bad.

20 posted on 01/25/2009 11:15:15 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The death cult wants death, the Israelis want peace. I, for one, see only one solution.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Lots of effeminate, hand-drooping males there, who drive 2 miles under the speed limit and stop when a column of ants is crossing the road.

"...and they drove with pride..."

21 posted on 01/25/2009 11:17:21 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Ditter
Hey, there Ditter. Hubby hates to drive me (but he always does) because I constantly tell him how to do it because he drives like such an old lady. :-)
22 posted on 01/25/2009 11:20:31 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Put govenors on their golf carts.


23 posted on 01/25/2009 11:21:27 AM PST by screaminsunshine (.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

This is written about australia. Clearly american males are much better drivers than the australian men. every american male knows that a woman behind the wheel is a menace.


24 posted on 01/25/2009 11:22:24 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Give me Liberty or give me something to aim at)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Male drivers are twice as likely to ignore speed limits than the fairer sex and more likely to seek revenge when they feel wronged by other drivers, according to the study by insurer AAMI.

Yes. And we sometimes combine the two...I feel wronged whenever I'm stuck behind someone driving below the speed limit and I feel the need to seek revenge, or at least pass them at the first opportunity.
25 posted on 01/25/2009 11:22:55 AM PST by LostInBayport (The press and the Barackolytes view you as a miracle worker...so turn the economy into wine, Barry.)
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To: Bulldawg Fan
Young black women closely followed by young white women are by far the fastest drivers around here. Not a doubt in my mind.

And they tailgate and think they always have the right of way.

Lok crosseyed at them and they'll flip you off, too, not that that's unacceptable, mind you.

26 posted on 01/25/2009 11:25:37 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: GOP_Lady

I don’t drive like an old lady or anything but I am a patient driver. I just complain a lot behind the wheel.


27 posted on 01/25/2009 11:25:52 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: GOP_Lady
HA..... Mine has given up trying to drive me anywhere. I have to be pretty sick to give up the wheel.

In fact my two main [rules of life] are, never relinquish the keys to the vehicle AND never pass up an opportunity to pee. Rule number one may have evolved because of rule number two. he he

28 posted on 01/25/2009 11:32:20 AM PST by Ditter
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To: cripplecreek

I think I should have used you term “patient driver” instead of “old lady” when referring to the hubby. :-)


29 posted on 01/25/2009 11:37:16 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: Ditter

:-) LOL


30 posted on 01/25/2009 11:37:28 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Sounds like another “men are evil and masculinity must be eradicated!” article to me.

I’ll be the first to admit that I drive more aggressively than my wife, but OTOH I have never had any serious accidents on the road either. My only at-fault was when I rolled forward at 2mph at a metering light and bumped the car in front of me; no damage but unfortunately I did it right in front of a CHP. It was a lapse in concentration on my part.


31 posted on 01/25/2009 11:37:32 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I figure the odds be fifty-fifty I just might have somethin' to say)
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To: GOP_Lady
I think I should have used you term “patient driver” instead of “old lady” when referring to the hubby. :-)

It's the politically correct thing to say.
32 posted on 01/25/2009 11:50:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

In other news, sun rises in east, sets in west...


33 posted on 01/25/2009 12:01:25 PM PST by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
My nephew claimed the driverside airbag deployed causing him to lose control of his mom's car, jump a curb, run into a neighbor's mailbox and smash over a large boulder screwing up the front wheel drive and suspension. His sister, about 15 at the time and who was SUPPOSED TO BE sitting in the passanger seat was uninjured. (only a parent would believe that story)

This is same newphew who, while I was out to dinner with his parents, took my sports car out for a joy ride while we were gone. (I set my trip odometer to 0 when I arrived at their house. HeHeHaHe....)

And it was the same nephew who decided to take his jeep offroading at about 2 a.m. with his buddies in an area where you're not supposed to be offroading. He got the jeep stuck in about 2 - 3 feet of mud, had to walk home and wake his dad so he could return and help get the jeep out. At least he was smart enough to ditch the beer bottles..... Glad I wasn't in that house........

34 posted on 01/25/2009 12:04:34 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60..Now we don't know where he is.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
I find my biggest problem with aggressive drivers where I live is in the winter. I have a real small car which has very poor traction on snow and ice covered roads so if I'm doing 35 in a 45 I'm really pressing the limit of safety.

Invariabley there will be an SUV or pick-up who is going to ride my rear end attempting to intimidate me to go faster. Ironically, on the news reports following snow falls, all the videos of traffic accidents where collisions have occured or drivers flying off the roads have involved these very same SUV's and pick-ups......

35 posted on 01/25/2009 12:11:45 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60..Now we don't know where he is.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I think the men meant ‘Bragged’, not admitted. No men would ‘admit’ to such.


36 posted on 01/25/2009 12:11:56 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
"And while it has long been suggested that men take greater risks than women, this research clearly shows that men are themselves a greater risk on our roads."

This simply confirms what I've said for years, women are far more willing to trade freedom away for safety.

That's (generally) why a woman president isn't a good idea.

37 posted on 01/25/2009 12:20:56 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
You drive a very small car that has poor traction on ice and snow and you blame SUV’s for your lack of safety? HUH?
38 posted on 01/25/2009 12:24:47 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter
you blame SUV’s for your lack of safety? HUH?

Reread my statement! I said I drive within my range of safety and its the SUV's and pick-ups who ride my ass trying to force me to drive faster ..........

So tell me Ditter, where do hail from?

39 posted on 01/25/2009 12:31:37 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60..Now we don't know where he is.)
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To: Mariebl
Colliding with a stationary object is usually unavoidable—it can’t dodge!

By definition, a collision can only occur between two moving objects.

40 posted on 01/25/2009 12:34:21 PM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Hot Tabasco
They CAN'T make you drive faster if you don't want to do it. Dealing with tailgaters is the easiest of all obnoxious drivers. Just slow down, they aren't going to ram you, make them go around. The worst that can happen is they will flip you the bird.
41 posted on 01/25/2009 12:36:16 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Hot Tabasco
you blame SUV’s for your lack of safety

And for the record Ditter, 2 weeks ago following another all night snow storm, the gal who cuts my hair and who drives a sedan, had an SUV who was tailgating her (like they do to me) rear ended her when she stopped at a stoplight and the SUV slid into her..........

42 posted on 01/25/2009 12:38:16 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60..Now we don't know where he is.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Drivers on cell phones of any age are a danger to all - especially cyclists & pedestrians.


43 posted on 01/25/2009 12:40:16 PM PST by Apercu ("A man's character is his fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: Ditter
They CAN'T make you drive faster if you don't want to do it.

What did I say?

44 posted on 01/25/2009 12:40:37 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60..Now we don't know where he is.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Nothing pisses me off more than when I’m doing 80 in the fast lane, giving the car in front of me his space by not riding his tail, then some idiot comes up on the right and cuts me off to get between us (so he can do 80 in the fast lane in front of me instead of behind me). Whenever possible, I’ll refuse to let him in.

Is that considered “road rage”?


45 posted on 01/25/2009 12:41:11 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: BuckeyeTexan

People with cell phones are more dangerous on the road. They tend to either slow down drastically or speed up and weave in and out of lanes.


46 posted on 01/25/2009 12:53:26 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dissent is patriotic - Hussein is not and will never be my president.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

All of this may be true and apply to me but if that b%&#h wasn’t in the fast lane doing 10 mph under the posted speed with a cell phone glued to her ear I might feel bad about it. It should be legal to shoot these dullards.


47 posted on 01/25/2009 12:59:59 PM PST by Feckless (No Birth Certificate... No Peace)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Road rage? Nah. Left-lane vigilantism? Possibly, but probably not if you’re driving over the posted speed limit.

It’s the people who insist that I drive the speed limit in the left lane by not moving over. No, I don’t tailgait ... but if you see me coming up fast ... get out of the dang way ... it’s the law too.


48 posted on 01/25/2009 1:01:45 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

If there’s open road ahead of me, it’s all yours. I’ll be out of your way long before you have to think about slowing down.

It’s when there’s a line of traffic as far as the eye can see in front of me and we’re all doing 70-80 and making decent time that it infuriates me. The space between me and the car in front of me is there for the safety of myself, that driver and everyone around us, not to be an opening for some idiot who thinks he save time by cutting everybody off.

Left-lane vigilantism... that’s a good term for it.


49 posted on 01/25/2009 1:19:29 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: BuckeyeTexan

“It’s the people who insist that I drive the speed limit in the left lane by not moving over. No, I don’t tailgait ... but if you see me coming up fast ... get out of the dang way ... it’s the law too.”

Some highways are such that the law allows, some vehicles, (Tractor Trailers, (or all), to drive in the fast lane and stay there. For example, Hwy 89 between Cordez Junction and Phoenix.

Be careful to not blow a gasket and then be found to be in the wrong.

I pulled over a LEO to ask that he ticket the rig who was hogging the fast lane and was told they can do so legally on some roads.


50 posted on 01/25/2009 2:33:00 PM PST by widdle_wabbit
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