Aggressive driving facts

Aggressive driving facts

Aggressive driving: asking for trouble

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, about 66 percent of all traffic fatalities annually are caused by aggressive driving behaviors, such as passing on the right, running red lights and tailgating.

At least 20 percent of adults have hostility levels serious enough to be a health hazard. (Source: USA TODAY)

Aggressive driving incidents are defined as events in which an angry or impatient driver tries to kill or injure another driver after a traffic dispute. (Source: U.S. News & World Report)

Aggressive driving incidents have risen by 51 percent since 1990. And 37 percent of these incidents involved firearms. (Source: U.S. News & World Report)

The number of drivers on the road is increasing. As of 1990, 91 percent of people drove to work.

Commuters in one-third of the largest cities spent well over 40 hours a year in traffic jams. (Source: U.S. News & World Report)

Aggressive driving may be on the upswing, so remember not to panic and avoid confrontations when possible.