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Almost half of U.S. drivers carry a weapon in their vehicle, road rage study says


A new survey delving into road rage on U.S. roadways has uncovered some disturbing statistics.

Last month, insurance site The Zebra shared the results of their survey on road rage in 2019.

Not only did the survey reveal that almost all American drivers — 82% admit to having road rage, it also indicated that many of those angry drivers — 46% — say that they keep some type of weapon in their vehicle.

Check out some other highlights from the survey results below.

  • 82% of drivers in the U.S. admit to having road rage or driving aggressively at least once in the past year.
  • 59% of drivers reported showing anger by honking.
  • 45% of drivers report changing lanes without signaling. 
  • 42% of drivers claimed they’ve yelled or cursed loudly at another driver.
  • 38% said they’ve used rude or obscene gestures against other drivers. 
  • 7% got out of their vehicle to verbally confront another driver.
  • 6% threw objects.
  • 6% got in a physical altercation with another driver.
  • 5% sideswiped another vehicle.
  • 5% bumped or rammed another vehicle on purpose.
  • 5% forced another driver off the road.
  • Studies on gender and traffic safety say males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage.
  • However, in a study to explore those who say they experience road rage more than four times a week, 34% were 18-34 years old and female.

The study also found that the top 3 behaviors that trigger road rage are:

  • Tailgating
  • Distracted driving
  • Getting cut off

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