Road Rage Undermining Highway Safety -- Can't We All Just Get Along?
Expedia.com just released the results of its third annual Road Rage Report, and to be sure it contains the usual number of amusing factoids – 13% of drivers, for example, resent having to share the road with bicycles. Yet an increase in highway shootings across the nation – including the swelling spate of vehicular violence in and around Chicago – tends to put a much darker spin on the topic.
And while police say many such shootings are ultimately the result of exchanges among known parties that begin elsewhere, a full 20% of those participating in the survey said they’ve felt “physically threatened” on the highway by another driver. Nearly half (48%) report being given “the finger” by someone in another car and a third (35%) have been yelled or cursed at. But it doesn’t end there, with 13% of respondents being accosted by enraged drivers who’ve exited their vehicles, and 9% actually getting into physical altercations with their fellow motorists.
As for public perception, 43% of the survey’s respondents called out New York City motorists for fomenting the “worst road rage,” followed by Los Angeles (30%), and Chicago (16%) as the three least-courteous cities in the U.S.