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Study: Younger Commuters and Women More Prone to Road Rage

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Road Rage (Ever Drive in NYC?)Of those people who commute to full-time, non-government jobs, the ones in the age group of 25 to 34 are most likely (68%) to experience road rage, according to a study by CareerBuilder. A press release says the study of more than 3,800 U.S. workers (83% of whom drive to work), found that women are slightly more likely to feel road rage (61%) than men (56%). The research was conducted online by Harris Interactive from May 14 through June 4, and found that workers 55 and older were the least likely to feel road rage (47%) while commuting.

As points out, although the percentage of women experiencing road rage in the study is only slightly higher than men, it is outside the survey’s margin for error. FoxNews spoke with psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, who suggested one possible reason for the difference between the results for women and men:

‘[W]omen may be less in touch overtly with their aggression and, therefore, more vulnerable to it being tapped by circumstances on the road.’ He adds that the feeling of anonymity people get behind the wheel may lead them to lower their inhibitions and allow them to stray from their otherwise polite or nurturing nature.

Longer commutes correlated with a greater likelihood of road rage, the study found, although 37% of commuting workers surveyed whose drive to work is less than five minutes said they get stressed out while commuting, and that percentage increased to 54% for workers with commutes up to 10 minutes, as writes.

Overall, the study found that 58% of surveyed commuters have experienced road rage, and almost one in 10 have actually gotten into a fight with another commuter, Jacqueline Smith writes for Forbes. According to the study, Smith writes, approximately one in three commuters admitted to texting while driving to and from work, and 24% of those have been involved in accidents. Although not all the crashes were attributed to texting, often they were, Smith writes.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, offers the following suggestions for a calmer commute:

  • Give yourself extra time. Set out clothes and prepare lunches the night before. Set your alarm 15 minutes early to allow for any minor setbacks that can happen in a busy household.
  • Request flexible work arrangements. See if you can start work at an off-peak time to avoid rush hour or explore whether telecommuting may be an option.
  • Try easy listening. Whether it means soothing music, books on tape or your favorite morning news program, listen to something that can help you forget the hour-long delay you just encountered.
  • Consider public transportation. Taking a bus or train can free you to finish up work, read or just relax.

Here is a video with tips for preventing road rage:

Image by Tony Fischer Photography (Tony Fischer), used under its Creative Commons license.


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