Nearly 80 percent of drivers in Oklahoma and across the U.S. have engaged in some form of road rage during the previous 12 months, if the data revealed by a 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety continues to hold form. Worse, 4 percent of drivers have gotten out of their car to confront another driver, and 3 percent purposely hit another vehicle.
The study found that the most common form of road rage was purposeful tailgating, with 51 percent of drivers admitting to the behavior. Meanwhile, 47 percent of drivers admitted to yelling at another driver, 45 percent said that had honked at another vehicle in anger and 33 percent said that had made an angry gesture. The study also found that male drivers and drivers between the ages of 19 and 39 were more likely to engage in road rage. Further, men were three times more likely than women to engage in the most extreme forms of driver aggression, such as exiting their cars to confront another driver or colliding with another car on purpose.
A representative of the foundation said it was essential for drivers to keep their cool while behind the wheel. To that end, the organization recommends that people drive courteously, be forgiving of other drivers and avoid escalating confrontations on the road.
Many Oklahoma residents are injured in car accidents caused by aggressive drivers every year. In order to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other losses, it may be necessary for victims to seek Sapulpa, Oklahoma, car accident injury legal representation.
Source: AAA News Room, "Nearly 80 Percent of Drivers Express Significant Anger, Aggression or Road Rage," Tamra Johnson, July 14, 2016