A recent survey of American commuters found some interesting facts. One of the most surprising was that women are more prone to road rage than men. The study, which was commissioned by CareerBuilder, was conducted by Harris Interactive and surveyed 3,800 commuters between May 14 and June 4th. All of those surveyed were working full time and most of them (83%) drove to work everyday. The survey limited the study to participants who were not self employed and did not work for the government.
The results were surprising and show that there are tons of angry drivers out on the roads these days. Here are just a few of the major discoveries that relate to road rage:
• Women are angrier than men and are more prone to road rage. A whopping 61 percent of women admitted to road rage compared to 56 percent of men.
• Young drivers are even worse with 68 percent of drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 claiming they experience road rage. Older drivers tend to be a bit calmer with only 47 percent of drivers aged 55 or older experiencing road rage.
• Summer seems to put drivers in a better mood with 17 percent claiming they experienced less road rage during the summer months while 10 percent had more road rage.
• Road rage led to an actual fight with 9 percent of the respondents.
Long commutes tend to add stress to the driving. Only one third of worker who drove less than 5 minutes experienced road rage while a full 50 percent of drivers who drove 10 minutes or more experienced feelings of rage while on the road.
Road rage can lead to aggressive driving which often leads to accidents causing a spike in your insurance rates. A road rage conviction can send insurance rates skyrocketing.
While road rage was a key finding of the study it also brought to light the fact that people are texting while driving at surprising rates. A full 30 percent of drivers admitted sending text messages while driving to and from work. All of this texting has led to 24 percent of these commuters being in an accident while driving to work.
If you want to avoid rage on the road and make your commute more enjoyable, CareerBuilder offers these tips:
• Allow more time in the morning. Pack your lunch the night before and get clothes out and ready to go. Set your alarm ahead 15 minutes so you have more time to get moving.
• While this may be a stretch, request a flexible schedule from your boss. If you can start before rush hour or leave before the evening rush your drive will be much more enjoyable. Go all out and ask if you can work from home, cutting out the drive altogether.
• Take a bus or train if public transportation is an option. You can work, read or simply relax on the ride.
• Listen to music your find soothing or a book on tape to help you relax and avoid the stresses of your commute.