Road rage survey finds nearly 80% of drivers express anger behind the wheel

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): Nearly eight out of ten drivers surveyed nationally said they have expressed road rage in the past year. The AAA survey also breaks down the top road rage behaviors, several of which police say could land you criminal charges.

“If somebody like think I'm in a rush or something and they want to be like a [expletive] about it, they'll sit there and like go slower,” laughed Sebrina McBride.

Purposefully tailgating, yelling at another driver, honking to show annoyance.

“It really is but you have to stay a space away from them though because no matter what they do if you hit them it will be on you,” explained McBride.

Making angry gestures, trying to block another vehicle, cutting off another car on purpose.

"I think I just try to be calm in the car or I try not to let people upset me. I try!” laughed Joan Enlow.

Rounding out the list, getting out to confront another driver and ramming another car on purpose.

“If the road rage is still ongoing and you're driving, the person's cutting you off, give yourself room. Back off. Take a different route,” explained Fargo Police Deputy Chief Joe Anderson.

Fargo Police said they are not seeing road rage incidents more than in years past, but they say if you call it in, make sure you have a detailed description of the driver and a license plate number.

"I would like to say that there's a cure but that would mean we wouldn't need law enforcement any more. You know it's just a matter of try to stay calm, keep your head, realizing that you're not the center of the universe,” smiled the Deputy Chief.

The AAA study also pointed out male and younger drivers age 19-39 were the most likely to express road rage. But police say it’s not worth it to engage other drivers.

“Whether or not you're delayed two-to-three minutes from getting to your destination, it's not that big of a deal,” advised Deputy Chief Anderson.

The survey also found too that more than half of drivers feel road rage is a bigger problem now than when a previous survey was conducted three years ago.

Remember, you can also catch our traffic updates each morning on The Valley Today from 5-7 a.m.