Got road rage? You are not alone. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that more than half of all individuals highlighted in a recent study admitted to experiencing road rage in some form while commuting. Even more interesting, women are more likely to be screaming at fellow drivers than men.
According to the study, which was commissioned by Career Builder and conducted by Harris Interactive, surveyed 3,800 commuters, who were employed full-time and 83 percent of whom drove to and from their workplace each day. Individuals who were self-employed or government employees were excluded from the survey.
The survey unveiled some pretty astonishing results, especially for those that have to brave a lengthy commute day in and day out.
- 61 percent of women reported experiencing road rage compared to 56 percent of men
- 68 percent of individuals aged 25 to 34 experienced road rage, while only 47 percent of individuals over age 55 relayed experience
- Approximately 9 percent of commuters admitted to getting into a fight with another commuter
- Nearly 25 percent were involved in an accident during their commute
- 30 percent of commuters reported sending text messages while driving
Although traffic can be increasingly frustrating, there are some tips you can follow to ensure you avoid the blood boiling effects of road rage. Because this type of behavior is definitely not good for the mind or the body.
- Leave early. Head to work extra early before traffic gets heavy and relax at a coffee shop ‘til work begins
- Stay late. Get a gym membership near your job and workout after work to avoid 5pm gridlock
- Calm your nerves. Listen easy-listening music to calm your temper
- Turn off your phone and place it out of your reach to avoid the temptation to look at or respond to text and emails while behind the wheel
- Carpool. Ride with a friend or take public transportation. When you’ve got company in the car , you’re less likely to fly off the handle – or you’re not driving at all – there’s no reason for the frustration.
What are your experiences with road rage? How have you found ways to “stop the madness”? Share in the comments below.