A new survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that nearly 80-percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel in the last year.
Omaha Police Sergeant Chuck Casey is with the Accident Investigation Squad and says what frustrates other drivers the most causing road rage include cutting other drivers off, driving too slow in certain lanes and the number one is following too close. That is the one of the biggest causes for accidents they investigate.
In reaction to those situations causes people to yell at other drivers, make angry gestures, blocking other vehicles from changing lanes, ramming a vehicle on purpose and even getting out of the vehicle to confront the other driver.
If you are caught up in one of those situations Sergeant Casey says, “Try to ignore certain things. If someone is driving aggressive in traffic just separate yourself. If someone is following you or hassling you, stay in a more populated area. Don’t get out of your car. Most everyone has cell phones so try and report it to us as soon as possible so we can respond and help you out.”
The surveys shows that nearly 2 in 3 drivers believe that aggressive driving is bigger problem today than three years ago and nine out of ten believe those drivers are a serious treat to personal safety.