Road rage incidents may sound like unusually rare or violent. However, studies show that close to 1,000 people are killed or injured in road rage incidents across the nation each year. We have heard shocking tales of people being shot by enraged drivers, or even being run off the road. So which drivers are likely to be the most aggressive and who are likely candidates for road rage? Are they just normal people in their everyday lives who convert into maniacs behind the steering wheel? Or are they a certain type of people who are more prone to go ballistic on the road?
The majority of road rage candidates are relatively poorly educated men of ages 16 to 26 who have a history of violence or crime, and who also have problems with alcohol and/or drugs. A collection of credible statistics on road rage incidents reports that the road rage cases don’t distinguish very much between people with high or low income and/or education.
Many cases of road rage are likely to occur when drivers are going through some sort of emotional crisis like losing a girlfriend or job, suffering from an illness or injury, or going through a divorce. In perhaps what is the most surprising highlight of the report, it claims that men with blue BMW cars are more likely to be road rage candidates compared to motorists in any other cars. According to the report, the angriest drivers who many succumb to road rage often are male BMW drivers with their Range Rover counterparts coming in second. Blue was reported as the most aggressive colour then followed by black, green, silver, and red.
In addition, the peak time for drivers to become angry is 5:45pm on Fridays when trying to beat the rush-hour, and then the depressing Monday morning commute follows. Reports of run-ins with owners of Subarus 30%, Audis 28%, Vauxhalls 22%, and Land Rovers 20%, were also recorded.
Women said they lost their temper while driving three times a month on average, while men got angry on seven occasions. Most often, drivers expressed road rage by swearing and shouting, followed by obscene gestures and erratic driving.
It is not a surprise that rates of road rage and aggressive driving are on the rise across UK, as our society spends a lot of time commuting amidst more and more traffic. Surely, the longer one sits in traffic all boxed up in their car, the more likely they are to rage.
You might notice the physiological effects of road stress even if you never actually rage. These include such things as increased heart rate, upset stomach, headache, and muscle tension. Stress prepares your body for flight and danger; however, when you are stuck in a traffic jam with now place to run, those physiological effects end up causing you more harm than good.