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New Report Says There Are A Lot Of Angry Drivers On The Road

AAA study says many road rage incidents escalate into roadside confrontations.

AAA found that close to 80% of drivers nationwide had at least one incident over the past year where they got significantly angry or aggressive behind the wheel. That includes things like honking the horn, yelling, or making gestures.

But there are also more serious behaviors. Doug Shupe with AAA-Texas says researchers estimate about eight million American drivers took it a step further. That includes ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.

Shupe says the problem is that too many people take it personally when another driver follows too closely or cuts them off on the freeway. He adds the best way to deal with a highway hothead is to keep your cool.

“Keep a safe distance away,” explains Shupe. “Do not return angry eye stares or other gestures.”      

The study reports that road rage incidents in Houston and around Texas are about the same as most of the country. The exception is the northeast U.S., which reported more incidents of aggressive driving.

And as for who’s the most likely to engage in road rage, Shupe says it’s men under the age of 40.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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