Men tend to speed, tailgate, merge dangerously, and make rude gestures or honk at other drivers more than women, according to data gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Women also admit to some dangerous driving habits, such as running red lights. Overall, younger male and female drivers tend to be more aggressive than older drivers.
Regardless of gender, almost eight in 10 (79 percent) American drivers demonstrate aggressive behaviors, according to the research. Speeding is the most common aggressive behavior. Although, in reality, speeding does not save significant time on the road. The average amount saved on a 5-mile trip, driving 65 mph on a 45 mph posted road, is only 1.9 minutes.
Aggressive Driving Behaviors among Male and Female U.S. Drivers, 2019:
|Drove 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway||52.0%||44.6%|
|Followed the vehicle in front closely to prevent another vehicle from merging||37.8%||29.3%|
|Made rude gesture/honked at another driver||35.4%||28%|
|Drove through a red light||32.2%||30.0%|
|Drove aggressively by switching lanes quickly and/or very close behind another car||31.5%||21.4%|
“Speeding, red-light running, and cutting other drivers off can kill you, your passengers, and others sharing the road,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy. “Driving aggressively isn’t worth the risk. When you get behind the wheel, be patient, be kind, and obey traffic laws so everyone gets home safely.”
For more information, visit www.aaa.com/preventroadrage