The Age of Road Rage: The relationship of a driver's age and road rage behaviours in Canada
There's a saying that says, "Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead." How one scorns another driver while behind the wheel, may largely be influenced by age.
A recent study on road rage in Canada from Kanetix.ca suggests that younger drivers admit to road rage more than drivers aged 55 and older. Specifically, drivers aged 18 to 44 were more likely to admit to following another vehicle too closely, yelling or swearing at another driver, making inappropriate hand gestures, and weaving in an out of traffic compared to their counterparts aged 55 and older:
- Back off buddy: 29 per cent of drivers aged 18-44 admit to following another vehicle too closely, compared to 16 per cent of drivers aged 55 and older.
- @#$%: 28 per cent of younger drivers admit to yelling or using profanity, compared to 12 per cent of older drivers.
- Angry birds: 23 per cent of younger drivers admit to showing their anger with a hand gesture, compared to 12 per cent of older drivers.
- Dart and weave: 16 per cent of younger drivers admit to weaving in-and-out of traffic in anger, compared to 4 per cent of older drivers.