More than half of fatal crashes involve some form of aggressive driving—speeding, running another driver off the road, tailgating or yelling obscenities.
A 2008 survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 80 percent of respondents consider aggressive drivers to be a serious traffic safety problem. However, many of those same people said they drive aggressively.
Relatively minor driving infractions — changing lanes without signaling, following too closely, driving too slowly, honking at other drivers — can easily escalate into potentially deadly altercations.
Not every incident turns violent, but 60 percent of motorists admit losing their temper while driving — also known as road rage.