With everyday stress compounded by Covid this year, and now the holiday season, AAA is urging motorists to keep their cool on the road and avoid dangerous habits. It's just released a new driving behavior study the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that confirms the perception that men tend to speed, tailgate, merge dangerously, and make rude gestures or honk at other drivers more than women. According to the survey , AAA data finds that women also admit to some dangerous driving habits, such as running red lights. Overall, researchers say younger male and female drivers tend to be more aggressive than older drivers. Here's a look at some of the statistics according to AAA's research.
Aggressive Driving Behaviors among Male and Female U.S. Drivers, 2019
Regardless of gender, AAA says nearly 8 in 10 (79%) American drivers demonstrate aggressive behaviors when behind the wheel. Speeding tops the list, with men being the biggest culprit, though women are not far behind. Contrary to common perception, speeding does not save 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.
�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.�
AAA Rules of the Road:
A driver may be stressed or react wrongly to another driver�s action on any given day, and the holidays can add to the strain and anxiety. Introduce the pressures and concerns tied to a global pandemic, and even the calmest, most safety-conscious drivers can find themselves frustrated by other motorists.
�If you encounter an aggressive driver on the road or find your temper rising, remember to slow yourself down, breathe deeply, and safely create distance between you and other motorists. Aggressive drivers are likely not thinking about their potential impact on others until it is too late,� added Nelson.
AAA offers these tips to help drivers manage aggressive driving scenarios:
December 09, 2020