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Study finds road rage worse for women, younger adults

posted 7/30/2012 8:17:43 PM |
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Man, this is a little hard to believe. Well, the women are, but I pretty much knew that the younger generation had a lot of rage, even behind the wheel...

If you’re female, young or both you might want to take a chill pill the next time you get behind the wheel.

A survey looking at the hazards of commuting to work sponsored by and conducted by Harris Interactive found that women are more likely to experience road rage than men, while younger adults are much more apt to steam up a car than their older counterparts.

Of the 3,892 employed adults surveyed, 83 percent of which drive to work, 61 percent of female respondents said that they had experienced road rage, compared to 56 percent of males. Although the spread isn’t very large, it is outside the survey’s margin for error.

Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow suggests that a possible reason for the split between the sexes is that “women may be less in touch overtly with their aggression and, therefore, more vulnerable to it being tapped by circumstances on the road.” He adds that the feeling of anonymity people get behind the wheel may lead them to lower their inhibitions and allow them to stray from their otherwise polite or nurturing nature.

On a gender neutral basis, 68 percent of adults age 25-34 admit having incidents of rage, while ohly 47 percent of those over 55 years old agreed, making them the mellowest group in the study.

Overall, longer commutes correlated with higher stress levels, but even 37 percent of workers with commutes of less than five minutes let it get the best of them now and then, while that number rises to 54 percent for commutes up to 10 minutes. Vice President of Human Resources Rosemary Haefner advises that planning ahead and making proactive changes to your schedule can help reduce stress on the road, including switching to public transportation to avoid running late.

In any event, you might be able to breathe a small sight of relief for the next couple of weeks. Although 10 percent of those surveyed said their road rage increased in the summer, 17 percent think it gets better.


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Jul 31 @ 5:13AM  
Yeah you should stay clear when my sister is on the road. OMG she gets pissed quick over stupid drivers. Which is why I do all the driving

Jul 31 @ 10:21AM  
I will admit I do get pissed when I drive. Only because I deal with new yorkers, jeresy drivers. then you get the people who talk and txt whil driving in a 45mph zone. But they go 30, C'mon. Idiots. Best part seniors. Cant see over the steering wheel. Good Lord.
All I do is curse in my car. And pray I get home in one peace. Florida is the state of no turn signals and tailgating. Fun. Fun.Fun.

Jul 31 @ 5:32PM  
I will admit I do get pissed when I drive.

I will admit I get pissed and then drive!


Jul 31 @ 9:33PM  
Oh Fox News lies blah blah blah..

I'm kidding with you on that...couldn't resist.

But, I agree with this Lisa, I've got a sister that goes ape shit bonkers with road rage. One time she got so pissed off over being tail gated that she slowed down to get the driver to pass her, then, SHE did her own damn tail gating! I mean, she was probably all of one foot away from the bumper of that car, bitching a cussing the other driver out...and I finally told her if she did not back off from that cars bumper, I was going to knock her up alongside the head for acting like an idiot. She backed off. Since then, when we go anywhere, I drive. And I've also taken to adjusting my passenger side mirror so she cannot use it to watch behind us.

Have other drivers pissed me off on the road? Sure they have. But I'm not going to fly off the deep end and do stupid shit. Although, once when being tail gated, I just slowed right down, let the idiot pass, flipped him off, and he gunned his car, and a few miles up the road, he was the one pulled over while I went on my way.

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