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Driver beware: majority of Canadians admit to road rage

83% of men and 76% of women get angry behind the wheel

The vast majority of Canadians admit to getting angry behind the wheel.

According to a recent survey by Kanetix, 83% of men and 76% of women admit to exhibiting road rage.

Road rage can refer to incidents of speeding, profanity and lewd gestures directed at another motorist, following too closely, purposefully cutting off another driver, and even exiting a vehicle leading to physical confrontations.

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In Ontario, 83% of men and 72% of women confessed to this hostile driving behaviour.

According to the survey, which was conducted by Leger Marketing, drivers who exhibit road rage say they are most commonly set off by distracted drivers who are not paying attention.

There may also be a little bit of “monkey see, monkey do” influence at play because two in five drivers indicated their road rage is triggered when they see others driving aggressively around them.

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“I think it is fair to say that all of us, at some point in our daily travels, have encountered a form of road rage. Our goal with this study was to gain a better understanding of what triggers the most common types of road rage so we can raise awareness of the issue and offer advice that will hopefully keep people calmer behind the wheel,” said Janine White, vice-president Marketplace, Kanetix. “Given that the vast majority of respondents admit to some form of road rage, it is clear that most drivers can be provoked into dangerous driving.”

The study found that men are more likely than women to react aggressively to being cut off by another driver. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to blame their road rage on running behind schedule.

Regardless of the cause, 61% of respondents (male and female) speed up when provoked.

So, are any Canadians immune to road rage?

More than 22% of female respondents believe they are “perfect drivers,” while only 15% of male respondents said the same.

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