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Do you get road rage? A study says nearly all drivers do

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Drivers are pretty angry people.

That's according to a recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA).

The group says it surveyed 2,700 licensed drivers and almost 80 percent admitted to having road rage – or at least getting pretty ticked off at another driver – at some point over the course of a year.

Based on the sample, 104 million people have gotten angry and intentionally tailgated someone. And 5.7 million got so irritated they rammed another vehicle.

  • 51 percent have intentionally tailgated someone.
  • 47 percent admit to yelling at another driver.
  • 45 percent have honked to express anger.
  • 33 percent have "made angry gestures."
  • 24 percent say they've tried to block another vehicle from changing lanes.
  • 12 percent have cut another vehicle off on purpose.
  • 4 percent say they've actually gotten out of their vehicle to yell at another person.
  • 3 percent have rammed another vehicle out of anger.

Additionally, some people appear to be more likely to experience road rage than others.

For example, men between 19 and 39 years of age were three times more likely than their female counterparts to confront another driver or intentionally crash into the antagonizing vehicle.

And drivers in northeastern states proved to be more vocal about their frustrations. They were 30 percent more likely to yell, honk or flip someone the bird than drivers in other areas.

9/10 drivers believe aggression is dangerous

And safety officials say it can be.

Jake Nelson, AAA’s Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research, says getting upset behind the wheel is normal.

But people need to control their emotions to prevent frustrating situations from turning into disasters.

“Don’t risk escalating a frustrating situation because you never know what the other driver might do," Nelson says. "Maintain a cool head, and focus on reaching your destination safely.”

AAA says you should always work to prevent road rage. You can do that by being tolerant and forgiving, not responding to rude drivers, and trying not to offend others on the road.

Another report by the group says aggressive driving is responsible for more than half of all traffic fatalities.

AAA also counts speeding as a form of aggressive driving in this report, adding that more than 25 percent of drivers consider speeding acceptable.

If you don't know whether or not you're an aggressive driver, AAA has a quiz that can help you figure it out. Take the quiz here.

Last year, about 400 people died on Minnesota roads – the most since 2010.

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