Roadrage

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Study

According to a national survey conducted in 1999 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the majority of motorists consider unsafe driving by others a significant threat to their personal safety. The survey concluded:

  • 98 percent of those surveyed felt it was important to do something about unsafe driving. Of that 98 percent, 75 percent felt it was very important.


  • About one in three felt that drivers in their area were driving somewhat or a lot more aggressively than a year ago.


  • Among reasons for increased aggressive driving, respondents included drivers being rushed or behind schedule (23 percent); increased traffic or congestion (22 percent); careless, inconsiderate drivers (12 percent); and immature, young drivers (12 percent).


  • More than half (59 percent) of the drivers reported they see vehicles traveling at unsafe speeds all (31 percent) or most of the time (28 percent). Another 35 percent saw drivers traveling at unsafe speeds at least some of the time.


  • Respondents listed the following as unsafe behaviors, other than speed, that they encounter on the roads: weaving in and out of traffic (24 percent), tailgating (17 percent), driver inattention (15 percent), and unsafe lane changes (10 percent).


For a copy of the survey, "National Survey of Speeding and Other Unsafe Driving Actions," write to the Office of Research and Traffic Records, NHTSA, NTS-31, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590 or fax a request to (202) 366-7096. It is a three-volume package: Vol.1, Methodology; Vol. II, driver attitudes and behaviors; and Vol. III, countermeasures. The report is also available at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/enforce/aggressdrivers/index.html