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Jul 14, 2016 1:42 PM

Road rage on the rise: Northeast 'significantly more likely' to honk, yell and gesture

Drivers in the Northeast are more likely to yell, honk or gesture angrily than people living in other parts of the country, the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety determined in a study.

Fifty-one percent (104 million) of drivers were reported as having purposefully tailgated other drivers; 47 percent (95 million) yelled at other drivers; and 45 percent (91 million) honked to show annoyance or anger. Drivers in the Northeast are 30 percent more likely to make an angry gesture at another motorist than in other parts of the country.

Nationally, the study showed that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year.

“Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage,” Jurek Grabowski, director of research for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, stated in the release. “Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly.”

The report also stated that male drivers between 19 and 39 years old were the most likely to engage in conduct associated with road rage.

More aggressive behaviors included getting out of the car to confront another driver, which 4 percent of drivers reported doing in the last year. Three percent of drivers bumped or rammed other vehicles on purpose.

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