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USA & Canada Data on Aggressive Driving - Men vs. Women

By Dr. Leon James

For scales: Max=10; For Percentages: percent who say they do it at times

This is a  sample of 1046 entries USA
N=761
MEN WOMEN Canada
N=285

Note: The double asterisks ** indicate statistically significant differences for USA/Canada contrasts (combined Men/Women) and for Men/Women contrasts (combined USA/Canada)
For percentages, probable error=3%.
For 10-point scales, probable error=0.3 of one scale unit.

(combined
Men/Women)

updated on
9-8--98

(combined
USA/Canada)
N=686

updated on
9-8-98

(combined USA/Canada)
N=360

updated on
9-8-98

(combined
Men/Women)

updated on
9-8--98

3.  age (mean) 34

34**

32** 34
5. driving experience in years 18

19**

16** 18
6. Q1 rate your excellence as a driver 7.9**

8.1**

7.7**

8.1**
7. Q2 rate your own aggressiveness 5.7**

6.0**

5.3** 6.0**
8. Q3 degree of stress you feel as driver 5.4**

5.3

5.3 5.0**
Q4-1-THE ZONE OF IMPATIENCE

USA

MEN

WOMEN

CANADA

9. speeding 5 to 10 92%

92%

93% 93%
10. making rolling stops 50%

49%

51% 54%
11. making illegal turns 15%

18**%

12**% 19%
12. not signaling lane changes 25%

26**%

20**% 23%
13. following very close 14%

15%

13% 15%
14. going through red lights 10%

9%

7% 8%
15. failure to yield 8%

8%

9% 8%
16. swearing, name calling 58% 59% 57% 60%
17. Q4-1-regularity rating for above 6.0 6.1 5.9 6.0
Q4-2-THE ZONE OF HOSTILITY

USA

MEN

WOMEN

CANADA

18. speeding 15 to 25 mph 39%** 46%** 32%** 47%**
19. yelling at another driver 32% 34% 31% 34%
20. honking to protest 35%** 39% 36% 46%**
21. revving engine to retaliate 11% 12**% 8**% 12%
22. making an insulting gesture 24%** 28%** 20%** 30%**
23. tailgating dangerously 12% 14%** 9%** 13%
24. shining bright lights to retaliate 18%** 25%** 13%** 27%**
25. cruising in passing lane 11%** 11% 19% 9%**
26. Q4-2-Regularity rating for above 3.9** 4.2** 3.6** 4.4**
Q4-3-THE ROAD RAGE ZONE

USA

MEN

WOMEN

CANADA

27. braking suddenly to punish 32% 35**% 29**% 34%
28. deliberately cutting off 15% 19%** 10%** 18%
29. using car to block the way 18% 21%** 13%** 18%
30. using car as weapon to attack 2% 4%** 1%** 4%
31. chasing a car in hot pursuit 8%** 15%** 4%** 15%**
32. getting into a physical fight 2%** 4%** 1%** 5%**
33. other things in same category 8%** 11%** 7%** 13%**
34. Q4-Regularity rating for above 2.7 2.9** 2.3** 2.7
35. Q5-1 feeling anger or rage

USA

4.6** 4.2**

CANADA

EMOTIONS WHILE DRIVING 4.5

MEN

WOMEN 4.3
36. Q5-2 enjoying violent fantasies 2.4 2.8** 1.8** 2.1
37. Q5-3 fear for self and family 4.0** 3.7** 4.2** 3.5**
38. Q5-4 feeling comapssion 4.9 4.6** 5.2** 4.7
39. Q5-5 feeling competitive 4.9 5.1** 4.3** 4.7
40. Q5-6 feeling impatient, rushing 5.7 5.6 5.5 5.4
41. Q5-7 want to drive dangerously 2.7 2.9** 2.3** 2.6
42. Q5-8 feeling level-headed/calm 6.7 6.7 6.8 6.9
43. Q6 rate others' aggressiveness 6.3 6.1** 6.6** 6.2

NOW RATE YOUR PARENTS

Q7-1-THE ZONE OF IMPATIENCE

USA

MEN

WOMEN

CANADA

44. speeding 5 to 10 mph 68% 66% 67% 64%
45. making rolling stops 38% 37% 41% 41%
46. making illegal turns 16%** 17% 19% 22%**
47. not signaling lane changes 27% 24%** 32**% 27%
48. following very close as a habit 19% 16**% 23%** 20%
49. going through red lights 9% 9% 12% 13%
50. failure to yield 11% 10% 13% 12%
51. swearing, cussing, name-calling 40% 35%** 43%** 38%
52. Q7-1 Regularity rating for above 4.9 5.0 4.8 5.0
Q7-2-THE ZONE OF HOSTILITY

USA

MEN

WOMEN

CANADA

53. speeding 15 to 25 27**% 28% 28% 32**%
54. yelling, swearing, name-calling 30% 29% 30% 27%
55. honking to protest or retaliate 34% 30%** 44%** 34%
56. revving to retaliate 9% 9% 9% 8%
57. making an insulting gesture 18%** 19% 20% 23**%
58. tailgating dangerously 12%** 14% 16% 20%**
59. shining headlights to retaliate 17% 19% 15% 21%
60. cruising in the passing lane 11% 12% 13% 14%
61. Q7-2-Regularity rating for above 3.9 3.9 3.8 4.0
Q7-3-THE ROAD RAGE ZONE

USA

MEN

WOMEN

CANADA

62. suddenly braking to retaliate 18% 19% 19% 20%
63. deliberately cutting off 14% 13% 14% 15%
64. using car to bloack the way 11% 12% 11% 11%
65. using car as a weapon 4% 4% 2% 2%
66. chasing a car in hot pursuit 8% 8% 7% 8%
67. getting into a physical fight 4% 4% 2% 4%
68. other things in this category 11% 11% 9% 9%
69. Q4-2-Regularity of above 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8
HOW MUCH IN FAVOR ARE YOU FOR

USA

MEN

WOMEN

CANADA

70. Q8-1 stronger law enforcement 6.0** 6.1** 6.6** 6.6**
71. Q8-2 more electronic surveillance 5.4** 5.3** 6.4** 5.9**
72. Q8-3 more driver ed and training 6.8** 7.0 6.8 7.3**
73. Q8-4 more insurance incentives 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.6
74. Q8-5 tougher license requirements 7.5 7.4 7.4 7.5
75. Q8-6 tougher renewal of  license 7.0 7.0 7.1 7.1

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