Survey finds road rage and texting common among commuters

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jul 20, 2012

A recent survey found many workers who commute to work are participating in two dangerous driving behaviors: texting while driving and having road rage. Both of these behaviors can end up leading to motor vehicle accidents on Tennessee roadways.

According to the survey, which polled 3,892 workers online, 83 percent reported typically driving to and from work. Of those who commute, 54 percent with drive times of 10 minutes or less reported having road rage. Even for those shorter commutes of five minutes or less, 37 percent also reported having road rage.

Outside of longer commute times increasing the odds of road rage, other finds related to commuters included:

  • Younger workers were more likely to have road rage. Of those commuters between the ages of 25 and 34, 68 percent reported experiencing road rage. For those 55 and older, 47 percent reported road rage.
  • Gender may also play a role in road rage. Sixty-one percent of women reported road rage compared to 56 percent of men.
  • Roughly one out of ten workers has gotten into a fight with another driver while commuting to or from work.

Additionally, when it came to texting while driving, 30 percent of workers admitted to sending off a message while behind the wheel. This is a known contributor of motor vehicle accidents.

This online study was conducted by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder. The questions were asked to workers over the age of 18 who are not self-employed, work full-time and have a non-governmental job.

Categories: Car Accidents
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