Road Rage makes Memorial Day weekend driving more dangerous

Driving and Memorial Day go together like global warming and melting polar ice caps.

During the long weekend, about 35 million Americans are on the roads, according to Automobile Club of America. Traffic? Check. Antsy children? Check. Road Rage?, a used-car website, asked 2,000 drivers about the latter. Before we see the results, a confession: I’ve been guilty of it.

What’s somewhat surprising are results showing women ages 18-34 have experienced feelings of road rage more than men and more than any other age group.

But men top the list when asked if they considered themselves bad drivers, about 69 percent said yes. That’s more than two-thirds of the men behind the wheel who think they are a hazard on the road, as compared to only 31 percent of females, according to the survey.

The surveyors didn’t ask, but other surveys hint at the reasons. Male drivers want to go faster and show off.

And on a solemn note: 66 percent of all traffic deaths are caused by road rage and “aggressive driving,” says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On road rage, half the drivers who are on the receiving end retaliate in a negative way.

Long commutes may contribute to road rage, surveyors surmised. Drivers traveling 10 hours per week on average are four times more likely to experience road rage six times or more times in a single week. Of course, this may be due to more hours spent on the road. Also, more frustration with driving longer commuters in…

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