Aggressive driving seems to be a thing for a lot of people in the U.S. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 78% of U.S. drivers reported having engaged in at least one aggressive driving behavior at least once in the past year.
Road rage has been described as “a constellation of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that occur in response to a perceived unjustified provocation while driving.” Road rage may also be defined as those driving behaviors that endanger or potentially endanger others and are accompanied by intentional acts of aggression toward others, negative emotions while driving, and risk-taking. The most common aggressive-driving behaviors:
- purposely tailgating another vehicle,
- yelling at another driver,
- honking their horn “to show annoyance or anger”,
- making an angry gesture at another driver,
- purposely trying to block another driver from changing lanes
- cutting off another vehicle on purpose.