Most road-ragers are men, AAA study found
SUN-TIMES MEDIA June 14, 2012 3:44PM
Updated: June 14, 2012 3:44PM
A study by the American Automobile Association found that almost 13,000 people were injured or killed between 1990 and 1997 in aggressive driving incidents.
Examining 10,037 of the road-rage incidents, the AAA study found only 413 involved females as perpetrators.
The majority of aggressive drivers “are relatively young, relatively poorly educated males who have criminal records, histories of violence, and drug or alcohol problems,” the researchers said.
AAA recommends that if a hostile motorist tries to pick a fight, do not make eye contact. Staring at the raging driver “can be seen as a challenging gesture and incite the other driver to violence,” AAA says.
Get out of the way and do not acknowledge the other driver. If a motorist chases you, do not go home but instead drive to a location where you can get help and there will be witnesses.
If you’re angry at another driver, AAA recommends you ask yourself, “How many times have I made the same mistake?”