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Road Rage: Who gets angrier? Men or women?

Road Rage: Who gets angrier? Men or women?
Sophie Cloud
  • On October 26, 2016

Road Rage – some of us suffer with it, some of us do not, but the majority of us have experienced it one way or another throughout our lifetime. The question is, who manages to deal with it the best? Men? Or Women? Well, apparently Hyundai Motor UK has all the answers…

A study of 1000 drivers in the UK was conducted by Hyundai Motor UK and they came to the conclusion that women (on average) are 12% angrier behind the wheel than men.

Do you agree?

Road Rage

Road Rage can consist of a variety of behaviours such as: shouting, beeping your horn, waving your hands, and in extreme cases – violence.

According to results published on 20th October 2016, from the Hyundai Motor UK research, there are some evolutionary traits of anger that, on average, appeared more within women, that they did within men, when Road Rage occurred. These traits were sparked by them transporting a back-seat driver, experiencing no indication from other road users, being shouted at, beeped at, and undertaken.

The study was conducted by Patrick Fagan, a Behavioural Psychologist from the Goldsmiths University in London. He drew his conclusions from measuring and testing the ‘senses’ of the human body. The senses that were tested included: sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste. There’s a reason he tested the senses. He did this because different scenarios (such as: driving) will provoke different emotional responses towards other human beings, and the environment round us.

Patrick Fagan concluded:

“Psychologically, women score higher than men on emotional and verbal intelligence, and on the personality trait of neuroticism. Evolutionary theory suggests our early female ancestors had to develop an acute sense of danger for anything that threatened them and their young if their cave was undefended while men were out hunting. That ‘early warning system’ instinct is still relevant today, and women drivers tend to be more sensitive to negative stimuli, so get angry and frustrated quicker.”

So, with that being said, do you agree? Have your say in our poll and let us know what you think in the comments…

Who gets angrier behind the wheel?

Both – just as much as each other

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