Study Finds Road Rage Common During Commute to Work

According to a new survey published by Career Builder.com, nearly half of all commuters experience a stressful drive to and from work, especially during rush hours.

In May and June, the online job site surveyed more than 3,500 people who drive to work. The study found that almost 58 percent motorists experienced road rage or other emotional issues during their commute.

The survey also suggested that 37 percent of drivers who commute less than five minutes to their job felt road rage, while 54 percent of employees who travel less than 10 minutes to work have gotten upset behind the wheel.

In addition, 61 percent of female respondents said that they had experienced road rage, compared to 56 percent of males.

Sixty-eight percent of adults age 25-34 have had incidents of rage, as opposed to 47 percent of those over 55 years.

Nearly one out of every 10 drivers surveyed said they have gotten into a fight with another driver during their commute.

How Road Rage is Dangerous

Experiencing anger behind the wheel can have a negative impact on a driver’s commute, well-being and day.  A motorist who is frustrated, late or angry while driving may be more likely to cause a serious car accident. The stress and anxiety that people have regarding work often affects driving behaviors as well.

On top of being mad and stressed out, drivers are often distracted during rush hours due to slow moving traffic and many use phones to read or respond to messages, which can also lead to collisions. Ford Motor Co. recently unveiled the Traffic Jam Assist, a feature that automate driving during a gridlock, helping commuters relax and avoid diversions during stressful events on the road.

Preventing Road Rage

  • Give yourself extra time.
  • Request flexible work arrangements.
  • Try easy listening. You could create a relaxing summer playlist.
  • Consider public transportation.
  • Map out alternative routes.

 

About Brittney French

Brittney is a journalist and media relations specialist who lives in St. Louis, Mo. When she's not blogging for Lebanon Ford, she is the author of a women's column and also writes about music, events, and St. Louis sports. Having little knowledge in the automotive industry, Brittney provides valuable insight on cars for those who may be in the same boat. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter @brittfrancois.