3 in 10 Americans have experienced road rage in the past two years

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More than half of Americans have witnessed angry driving during the pandemic

NEW YORK, April 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has led millions of people to work from home and travel less frequently on the road. Despite this, a new survey from the fintech leader political genius finds that roads have become more dangerous over the past two years, with more than half (57%) of Americans saying they have witnessed angry driving during the pandemic.

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In addition to witnessing aggressive behavior on the road, three in ten Americans (30%) report having been the victim of angry or aggressive driving in the past two years.

The pandemic has been a real turning point for this type of behavior. Nearly half of Americans (46%) said they believe angry driving has happened more frequently during the pandemic, with 34% saying they’ve seen this rise in the past two years, while a further 12% said they had noticed only increasing incidents in the past year.

Aggressive driving can contribute to increase in accidentswhich translates into more frequent claims and higher insurance costs for consumers.

“While the pandemic and the rise of remote working have made it less common for people to regularly drive to work, this new data suggests that driving has become more dangerous,” Andrew Hurst, car insurance expert at Policygenius, said. “Not only can road rage put you at risk, it can also hurt your finances. We found that, on average, aggressive driving increases the cost of car insurance by 40 percent.”

the Policygenius Road Rage Survey 2022 also found that:

  • Parents of young children were more likely to drive aggressively: More than half of parents with children under 18 (53%) admitted at least one form of road rage, compared to those without children (46% admitting road rage) and those with children over 18 (49%).

  • Most people think this behavior is justified, especially young people: More than half of Americans (56%) think angry driving is justified at least rarely, especially among 18-34 year olds (70%) – the highest of all age groups.

  • Gender and location play a role on roads: Men are slightly more likely than women to believe angry driving is justified (57% and 54%, respectively). In the West, 64% of people witnessed incidents of road rage – the most of any region.

  • Some drivers have admitted to being aggressive behind the wheel: Many Americans admitted to yelling at other drivers or using their horns for long periods (25%), making critical or threatening gestures (24%), tailgating (12%), deliberately cutting or blocking others (12%), run after other drivers (5%) and get out of their car to face others (5%).

The survey defined aggressive driving as deliberately following another car too closely, changing lanes quickly without a signal to prevent another car from passing, and making verbal or physical gestures to other drivers.

Policygenius commissioned YouGov to survey 1,083 Americans 18 or older. YouGov conducted this survey online from February 23 to February 24, 2022. Figures were weighed and are representative of all US adults (ages 18 and older). You can see additional data in the full report here.

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Brooke Niemeyer
Associate Director of Media Relations
brooke.niemeyer@policygenius.com

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