Texting while driving rated most likely to incite road rage

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — According to a new report, texting while driving is the behavior most likely to elicit road rage from other motorists.

The travel site Expedia has released their 2014 Road Rage Report and found 69 percent of drivers surveyed rated those who text behind the wheel as the worst of the worst for rudeness, or being an outright threat, in traffic.

WSOC reported that next on the list was tailgating at 60 percent, multitaskers who take on several activities at once besides driving at 54 percent, lane drifters at 43 percent and slow drivers at 39 percent.

Of those surveyed, 69 percent admit that they have been flipped off by another driver, but only 17 percent say they have given the obscene gesture to other motorists.

The survey questioned 1,001 drivers and Expedia says it has an error rate of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Here are some more behaviors that get drivers’ blood pressure rising:

  • The Swerver (failing to signal before changing lanes or turning): 38 percent
  • The Left-Lane Hog (drivers who occupy the passing lane without moving): 32 percent
  • The Inconsiderate (those who do not let others merge): 30 percent
  • The Speeder (driving well past the speed limit at length): 27 percent
  • The Honker (drivers who slam the horn at will): 18 percent
  • The Unappreciative (drivers who do not give a wave or gesture of thanks): 13 percent
  • The Red Light Racer (drivers who inch ever closer to the light when red): 12 percent

Source: WSOC/Expedia Road Rage Report

4 comments

  • move bi*@h, get out the way!!

    The Left-Lane Hog is the WORST…Move you slow @ss over to the right and there wont be any problems..We can NEVER be Germany..smh

  • Jim

    Slow drivers cause more wrecks than any other type. By going well below the speed limit on a two lane road, you are selfishly forcing others who actually have somewhere to be to go into the opposing lane to pass. If you can’t go the speed limit, you shouldn’t be allowed to drive. Are these the same people that said tailgating causes road rage? Well, eye for an eye.

    • B

      Hey JIm you must have been behind me this morning. I drive the posted speed limit lol. I like the drivers who get mad because you don’t move over into the next lane while they are trying to merge over from an on-ramp even when there is space for them to merge over. They pull along side your car and expect you to get over even when there is space. Some people never learn how to drive even after a lot of practice.

  • Thomas Noell

    Actually, impatient, speeding, reckless drivers cause most of the wrecks on our highways (evidently a couple of which have posted on this forum, thus far). True, it is a pain for “slower” drivers to occupy the left lane, but having psycho, speed-demons fly up inches away from that driver’s bumper (who may already be going 5-10 mph over the posted speed limit) is a wreck and/or road-rage incident waiting to happen. I just hate that there aren’t more Highway Patrol or other law enforcement personnel on the roads to keep aggressive, lethal drivers off the roads.

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