AAA Study: 80 percent of drivers admit to aggressive driving habits

Published: Feb. 25, 2018 at 5:59 PM CST
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"You know I just hang back," Jacky Resetarits said. "I'll just hang back, let that person go - let them do what they got to do instead of be apart of the aggression."

"Be courteous and be cautious when you're driving at all times and use your blinker," Roger Delany said.

A study done by AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety shows 80 percent of drivers surveyed admitted to significant anger and aggression behind the wheel.

It also found men and drivers between 19 and 39 years old were more likely to engage in aggressive behavior.

"I live in Stillwater, as I say it's a college town, so you got a lot of kids who are in a hurry," Resetarits said. "You have a lot of distracted drivers especially during test and exams."

One of the most alarming findings - The study says 8 million drivers engaged in some kind of road rage, including purposely ramming into another car or getting out of the car and confronting the driver.

"We have to remember some people have kids in their vehicle and if you are behaving like that, you're risking the driver and the kids so, you know, think about everyone around you," Resetarits said.

"Kind of put yourself in their shoes," Delany said. "You know sometimes you don't always exactly know where your turn is or stuff like that so try to see it from the other persons perspective and give them a chance."

AAA recommends drivers ignore aggressive behavior and call 911 when they feel unsafe.

As for how to not drive aggressively yourself, they tell us not forcing other drivers to change their speed or direction is key.

"Nothing is worth killing yourself, killing somebody or having some disaster happen," Resetarits said.

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