Do women have more road rage than men?

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A study suggests that women may experience road rage more often than men do. Image: stringbot/Flickr./CC BY

The conclusions of a new study on road rage and American commuters may surprise some. According to the data, women  may express their anger while behind the wheel more often than men do. Or perhaps they just admit it more readily.

Road rage and the daily commute

Road rage, according to Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, is most commonly expressed during the stressful rush of commuter traffic. She said:

“Road rage is most often associated with running late and far commutes. Planning ahead and taking advantage of flexible work arrangements can help alleviate stress levels and set a more positive vibe for the workday.”

The study was commissioned by the employment site CareerBuilder, and conducted by Harris Interactive. More than 3,800 commuters with full-time jobs were polled  between May 14 abnd June 4, 2012. Eighty-three percent of those polled drive to work on a daily basis.

Of those polled, 58 percent copped to experiencing road rage at some time or another. For nine percent, it has actually led to a fight.

That numbers were broken down further by gender, age and other factors.

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Are women angrier?

Sixty-one percent of the Women surveyed admitted to having expressed road rage. That is compared to the slightly-lower rate of 56 percent for men.

However, according to the study, men and women tend to get enraged over different things. Men react in a competitive manner with other drivers. Men get angry, for instance, if they feel they have been cut off in traffic, or that another driver won’t let them get over. The road rage of women, however, is more connected to time constraints and the stress of being in a rush, says the study.

Psychiatrist and Mindtemple guru Dr. Anjali Chhabria, according to Med India, made the rather presumptuous statement that women are “definitely” more stressed on the road than men because “they have to balance their high profile jobs as well as the home front.”

The slight difference in the numbers hardly makes for conclusive evidence, however. The imbalance may also be because the women polled admitted that their behavior was questionable more often than men did.

Age rage

Generally, wisdom and restraint are traits learned over time. The study bears that out. Of those commuters polled between the ages of 25 and 34, 68 percent said they have been guilty of road rage. That compares to only 47 percent of drivers over 55.

Climate of rage

Climate was also a factor. However, it seems some are more stressed by heat, and others by cooler weather. Seventeen percent said they have less road rage in summer months. Another ten percent said the heat makes them more prone to road rage.


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