• Sep 9, 2013
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A new study on bad driving behavior from Insurance.com investigated how we react when we engage in road rage and found that women and men react differently.

Women were found to be more likely to swear or flip fellow drivers then their male counterparts. Men are no angels though: They were twice as likely as women to key a car or flash their high beams at offending drivers.

Leon James, a psychology professor at the University of Hawaii, told Insurance.com drivers are more likely to display aggressive behavior in the car rather than in everyday interactions because drivers feel protected and faceless while driving. Driving is also seen as a competitive activity, raising aggression in both men and women.

A thousand people, equally split between men and women with children 12 years or younger, were asked about their bad driving habits and whether they regret their more extreme actions.

The good news is three-fourths of those polled regretted their road rage, or at least certain aspects of it. A full 75 percent felt bad after swearing in front of their children while driving. Dinging someone's car in a parking lot and driving away was the next most regretted faux pas at 62 percent. Only 34 percent, however, felt remorse for doling outs brake-checks to tailgaters.



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      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sick of trying to look at and read something and another stupid tab shows up instead. This stinks.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I pull over and get their plate - real slow - makethem wonder what I am up to...
      anyteampa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still looking for the story here, this just barely expanded the headline.
      rhodesa
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, who knew...I bet further study might show they think differently about a variety of things
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will never feel regret by brake checks on a tailgater, the tailgater needs to back off and learn how to drive
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        See you in the hospital. Brake checking is far more aggressive than tailgating. Tailgating is like standing too close. Brake checking is like taking a swing at their face.
      neesee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to admit to yelling at other drivers when they endanger me and my passengers by driving as if they have never driven at all. Especially sloooooooooow drivers who actually appear to be afraid to drive the vehicle. These people pull right out in front of others traveling the speed limit and are afraid to go the speed limit. Not afraid to jam on the brakes and go 15-20 miles prh under the speed limit though. Then make a turn as slooooow as possible as if there is no one there behind them who just might run right up their tailpipe......they don't worry about anybody else. Slower is NOT always better, people! Keep up with traffic speeds, if you are going to turn, do it. Get out of the way of people who CAN drive. Share the road. Don't act like it belongs to only you. And more importantly, if you people cannot drive in any kind of traffic, turn in your mis-appropriated drivers licenses and get off the road. You don't even know what mayhem you cause with your terrible driving.
      maltesecrosse304
      • 1 Year Ago
      JUST ANOTHER HEADLINE, NO STORY..
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was almost killed by a crazy man who chased me one morning at 7am down the street, spitting on my car and making death threats , him driving on the wrong side of the road at 45 mph in a 25 zone. I was in a big SUV and so scared for my life. Fortunately for me, I had just, just stopped and bought a large Hot coffee from D & D and so yes, I took the lid off of my coffee and without even aiming I took a perfect shot and threw my piping hot coffee on him. Once I did it I remember looking at his red burned face swerving his car all over the road screaming. I couldn't believe I had just done that, I scared myself that I did, but I did it in fear for my life and it was almost an instinct or some kind of instant reaction. Here is the reason this man tried to kill me. All I did was kind of put my hand up as he swerved past me and almost hit me. I didn't yell or swear, I only made a hand gesture (not a finger gesture). People are f'ing crazy and I think twice now b4 letting my road rage kick in because I could have been killed.
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        Just get his plate and call the police. I'm all for a few gestures to express yourself but a good citizen doesn't do any of this stuff. Unless you're sure you can physically win a fight, don't escalate it... even if you think you're right.