UK’s Angriest Drivers Revealed most people think of Road Rage Capitals, they picture New York City cab drivers and Los Angeles commuters with short tempers. Houston surprisingly displaced those cities this year as the country’s most irate drivers, according to a survey.
It’s no secret that driving can be stressful for many people. Traffic congestion, unpredictable slowdowns, and sudden stops are enough to make anyone’s blood boil. Add in an ongoing pandemic and daily frustrations from a career, family, or other personal situation and anger behind the wheel can reach a boiling point.
A lot of this rage is caused by driver hostility that’s culturally learned, encouraged by movies and video games that promote aggressive driving. It’s exacerbated by environmental conditions such as traffic density, lane changes, and the cumulative number of miles driven. It also sets off by emotional triggers such as a loved one’s death or a major life event.
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Some of the most common driving rage offenses are cutting off someone, tailgating, and hitting another vehicle or person. A more serious criminal version of road rage involves running someone off the road, swerving into their car, and even firing a weapon at them.
Interestingly, some age groups are more likely to engage in road rage behaviors than others. Millennials, those aged 29 to 43, are the most likely to get angry while driving and nearly half admit to aggressive driving habits. Baby boomers (59-77 years old) and members of the Silent Generation are less likely to be involved in road rage incidents.