NEW YORK (CBS) – Do most drivers engage in some kind of road rage?
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says nearly 8 out of 10 U.S. drivers it surveyed admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year. That includes either following too closely, yelling at another driver, cutting them off or making angry gestures.
And an estimated 8 million drivers engaged in more extreme behavior that might be considered “road rage,” including bumping or ramming a vehicle on purpose or getting out of their cars to confront another driver.
After an argument, a driver in Florida ran over Joe Calderazzo on his motorcycle.. breaking his leg. “I think people need to understand the depth of their actions.”
In Colorado, police say a motorcyclist shot at a couple’s car after being cut off. Many drivers say they see road rage whenever they get behind the wheel.
“Sometimes they cut you off for no reason.”
In a new survey from AAA, nearly 8 in 10 U.S. drivers reported engaging in angry and aggressive behaviors over the past year.
51 percent say they purposely tailgated.
47 percent yelled at another driver and 45 percent of driver’s say they honked at someone.
AAA estimates nearly six million drivers have bumped or rammed another car on purpose. And seven million got out of their car to confront another driver.
“I think we’re surprised at how often it’s occurring, and to tell you the truth we look at these numbers and people tend to under report,” says Tamra Johnson of AAA.
Male drivers and drivers between 19 and 39 were significantly more likely to engage in aggressive behaviors.
But even mom, Bridget Tselnik admits to losing her temper.
Reporter: “Do you ever get mad behind the wheel?”
“Sometimes!” Tselnik says. She lives in New York. The survey found drivers in the northeast are angrier than those in other parts of the country.
AAA offers tips like never cause another driver to change their speed or direction. Be tolerant, the other driver could be having a really bad day and don’t respond with eye contact or gestures, that can only escalate the situation.
(Jamie Yuccas, CBS News)