Road rage is such an ingrained part of our American culture that we even make fun of overly intense and angry drivers whenever we see them misbehave on the road.
But for anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of another driver’s aggressive behavior, the experience is deadly serious and it can be terrifying. Road rage statistics illuminate a reality that is pure common sense: aggressive driving is more deadly than many of us know.
To further drive the point home, data gathered by SafeMotorist.com determined that 66% of all recent traffic fatalities were directly linked to instances of aggressive driving. Disturbingly, 37% of those deaths were caused by a firearm and not an actual driving accident, which proves the point that instances of road rage often end in very tragic circumstances.
The American Safety Council provides the following alarming road rage statistics:
- Road rage is most commonly exhibited by young males.
- 37% of all road rage incidents involve firearms.
- Half of all drivers subject to road rage behaviors responded with aggressive. behaviors of their own.
If you ever encounter an angry driver on the road, here are the following recommendations:
- Get out of the way.
- Do not make eye contact.
- Avoid rude hand or facial gestures.
- Call 911 if you are concerned for your safety.