August 3, 2009

Angry Motorists

38%

Nearly four-in-ten American drivers report having cursed or shouted at other drivers in the past year.

Many Americans now find driving more of a hassle than a pleasure and a substantial number now vent their displeasure with other drivers with whom they share the nation’s highways and byways. About four-in-ten (38%) told a Pew Research survey that they had cursed or shouted at other drivers in the past year. Drivers in the younger age categories (18 to 49 years) are more likely than older drivers to report such outbursts as well as indulging in other distractions while driving, including singing, making phone calls and eating. And drivers in the Northeast are more likely to report cursing at other drivers than are those in other regions. For female drivers, however, breaking into song or taking care of personal grooming are more frequent attention diverters. Read More