2014 Road Rage Report Reveals Top Triggers

Even the calmest dri­vers have expe­ri­enced the occa­sion­al moment of road rage as they suf­fer the fol­lies of anoth­er rude or incon­sid­er­ate motorist. But what’s most like­ly to set us off? Get­ting stuck behind slow pokes who won’t move out of the left lane, tail­gaters and those tex­ting while dri­ving are some of the most rage-induc­ing behav­iors, accord­ing to a new study by trav­el site Expe­dia.

Curi­ous­ly, the 2014 Road Rage Report found that 69% of those sur­veyed have been “flipped off” by anoth­er motorist for some per­ceived slight – but only 17% of those who respond­ed to the study said they have ever extend­ed a rude hand ges­ture on their own.

We’ve all done some­thing to tick off anoth­er dri­ver – inno­cent­ly or not – but some folks just seem intent on being rude, incon­sid­er­ate or even reck­less.  Indeed, despite the fact that almost every state now has a law against tex­ting while dri­ving, the risky act is still unpleas­ant­ly com­mon – and rat­ed by 69% of the dri­vers sur­veyed as the activ­i­ty most like­ly to get their blood boil­ing.

A close sec­ond on the list? The tail­gater who seems to think that by rid­ing three feet off your bumper they’ll some­how get to their des­ti­na­tion a bit quick­er. About 60% of the respon­dents list­ed that as a top road rage trig­ger.

Mul­ti-taskers, who may be focus­ing on every­thing but dri­ving, rat­ed a com­plaint by 54% of those sur­veyed, fol­lowed by “Drifters,” who can’t set­tle into one lane, at 43%, and “Crawlers,” at 39%, who bump along at well below the speed lim­it.

Oth­er road-rage induc­ing behav­iors:

•  The Swerv­er, who will sud­den­ly change lanes or turn with­out sig­nal­ing, at 38%;
•  Left Lane Hogs, who will stay in the pass­ing lane no mat­ter how slow they’re dri­ving or how many cars are behind them, 32%
• The Incon­sid­er­ate, who make sure you don’t merge into their lane, per­haps putting them one car back in line, 30%;
•  Speed­ers, who are run­ning well about the local lim­it, 27%;
•  Honkers, who seem intent on using the horn to express their frus­tra­tions, 18%;
• The Unap­pre­cia­tive, who can’t be both­ered to wave or give thanks when you do them a favor, 13%; and
•  Red Light Rac­ers, who have to be pre­pared to blast off the moment the light changes; 12%.

While the sur­vey found that motorists have a long list of peeves when it comes to how oth­ers dri­ve, they also admit to some bad behav­iors of their own.  For one thing, 55% of the 1,001 dri­vers sur­veyed by Expe­dia acknowl­edged they some­times use their own mobile phones while behind the wheel, whether to call or text.

The 2014 Road Rage Report – which has an error rate of plus or minus 3.1% — fol­lows anoth­er recent sur­vey that indi­cat­ed Hous­ton has the rud­est dri­vers in the U.S.  Accord­ing to Expe­dia, how­ev­er, New York City ranks on top, fol­lowed by Los Ange­les and Atlanta. But big cities, in gen­er­al, are seen as hav­ing the rud­est dri­vers.

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