The article “I-70 traffic dispute ends in gunfire” (12/15, Metro) highlighted the tragic aspects of aggressive driving and road rage. As the sponsor of the Response Insurance National Driving Habits Survey, a scientifically valid survey of drivers from around the United States that covered this topic, we would like to weigh in on the issue.
Our survey revealed that 37 percent of American drivers experienced road rage, and that an equal number had committed an act within the prior six months. Men were more likely to engage in road rage than women (44 percent vs. 30 percent), and the highest incidence is among youthful drivers. In the 18-to-34-year-old group, 50 percent had committed road rage.
Even minor acts of verbal aggression can escalate into something more serious. Drivers need to take a deep breath and calm down before things get out of control. These survey results should be a wake-up call to drivers everywhere.
Chairman and chief executive
Response Insurance Group