In October of 2019, The Zebra, an auto insurance aggregation site that connects users to real-time price quotes from as many as 200 different carriers conducted a national survey of American drivers to determine their perception of the “road rage” phenomenon and the results were not all that surprising.
You know that time when that four wheeler cut you off and you yelled expletives out your window? Well you are not alone. 42% percent of drivers surveyed claimed they have yelled or cursed loudly at another driver and 38% say they have used rude or obscene gestures.
59% of drivers reported they showed anger by honking, and 45% said they have changed lanes without signaling. In all 82% of drivers admit to having road rage or driving aggressively.
The survey goes on to report that although not all road rage incidents led to a physical confrontation, 7% of respondents got out of their vehicles to verbally confront another driver, 6% threw objects, 6% got into a shoving match or physical altercation and surprisingly 5% said they used their vehicle by sideswiping, bumping or forcing another driver off of the road.
According to their survey, the top three reasons people experience road rage are tailgating, distracted driving and my personal trigger, getting cut off.
Commercial drivers and fleets must remember that they are representing all commercial drivers, not just themselves. While I know all too well about the dangers of road rage, it is sometimes hard to take the highroad when faced with a really bad driver. Try laughing it off, listening to music, get a stress ball or anything else you possibly can to calm down after an incident as safety trumps anything else.