Road rage is a phenomenon experienced in many first world countries where travel by automobile is the most common mode of transportation. In Canada, 8 out of every 10 citizens admits to having been affected by road rage. These individuals state that the most common trigger for anger on the road is witnessing another driver being distracted. 2 out of 5 people affected swear in traffic to vent frustration, and 1 out of 5 people tailgate, an aggressive and dangerous driving style. Drivers in the 18 to 34 age group are most guilty of cutting people off, a behavior that both induces and is a consequence of road rage.
Of the Canadians who report experiencing road rage, 83% are male, while 76% are female. Males tend to become angry when cut off, while females are agitated by running late. Some typical behaviors reported by those experiencing road rage include speeding, profanity in traffic, tailgating, direct agitated confrontation with other drivers, rude gestures, cutting off other drivers and erratic driving. Drivers cite city driving, bad days, detours, construction, traffic, not being allowed to merge, running late, being tailgated, aggressive driving, being cut off and witnessing distraction in other drivers as their main road rage triggers.
This inforgraphic was produced by Kanetix.ca. They would like to remind you to stay safe on the road and not to display aggressive driving behavior.