Road rage stunner: 2 in 3 drivers keep a weapon in their car

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LONDON — A speeding car can be a deadly weapon on its own, but a new survey shows that many Americans make sure they are armed when they get behind the wheel.

A poll of 1,000 US residents, commissioned by Circuit Route Planner, shows that a whopping 65 percent of motorists carry a gun in their vehicle in case they need to defend themselves during a traffic accident. The most common weapon concealed by drivers is a knife (50%), followed by pepper spray (45%). However, 40 percent admit to having a weapon with them on the road.

Other weapons that American drivers have on hand include tire irons (39%), baseball bats (38%), hockey sticks (31%), tasers (31%), and lacrosse sticks (14%).

As for the cars you might want to steer clear of when the road heats up, the poll shows that BMW, Hyundai and Mercedes drivers are the most likely to have a dangerous weapon in their car. Incidentally, researchers report that road shootings reached an all-time high in 2021.

As for the fact that it doesn’t seem to matter where Americans drive, locals believe the anger that builds on roads is worst where they live. While 39 percent of city drivers believe road rage is worse where they live than anywhere else in the country, 53 percent still think city drivers are just as susceptible to road rage. More than half of people in rural areas (54%), small towns (58%) and suburban areas (67%) think road rage is just as bad where they live as anywhere else, including cities.

Who are the biggest culprits on the road?

Whether true or not, men have the worst reputation when it comes to angry behavior on the road. Half of the polls think men are most prone to road accidents, with younger drivers a close second (42%). People who own sports cars (35%), women (31%) and older drivers (28%) also get a bad reputation for being overly aggressive drivers.

Interestingly, women appear to be the most critical female executives. In fact, female respondents were 71 percent more likely than men to accuse other women of succumbing to road rage.

So, what do we mean when we talk about “road rage”? These actions include everything from speeding (which 40% of respondents admit), honking (28%), braking suddenly or “checking the brakes” another driver (26%), giving angry hand gestures (24%), and yelling (23% ). %).

However, things can get out of hand quickly, leading some drivers to chase or race other cars (20%), cut off vehicles on purpose (16%), tailgate (16%), and even point a gun at a fellow driver (4%).

The capital of road rage is in… Oregon?

While busy streets and bumper-to-bumper traffic seem to make big cities the perfect place for road rage, the study found that the “capital” of America’s road rage is actually Eugene, Oregon!

Using data from Twitter, the poll found that for every 100,000 people, 500 #roadrage tweets came from this Pacific Northwest city. That’s more than 100 more than the next closest location: Atlanta, Georgia. Interestingly, famously busy areas like New York and Los Angeles didn’t even make the top 20 cities for road rage.

Because road rage can easily lead to accidents, injuries and even fatalities, researchers say it’s critical that drivers learn to keep a cool head. Here are a few tips from AAA for dealing with potential traffic accidents while driving:

  • Keep a safe following distance
  • Only honk when necessary
  • Make sure others don’t change their speed or direction
  • Be nice (imagine if the person who just drove out in front of you lost their job today)
  • Don’t associate with angry motorists

Methodology

Circuit Route Planner surveyed 1,000 Americans about their perceptions of road rage and their own driving habits. This data was combined with a Twitter scrape of #roadrage and analyzed based on the location of each tweet. All data is per 100,000 residents in the top 150 cities by population in the US


The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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