A British study found that the most likely culprits of road rage are men between the ages of 35-50 who drive blue BMW’s.
In a survey of almost 3,000 drivers, participants were asked what color the cars they had witnessed committing acts of road rage were, and the findings were Blue, 47%; Black 33%; Silver 26%, Green 19%, and Red 15%.
When asked the make of cars they had seen engaged of acts of road rage, the responses were BMW 32%; Land Rover 35%; Audi 29%; Subaru 22%, and Vauxhall 18%.
In the U.S. AutoVantage did similar surveys, with 2009 being the last. Mike Bush does marketing for the company and told KTRH News, “On a macro level, we found that drivers who were distracted tended to be in areas where road rage happened. So if you saw a driver who was eating and drinking, or texting, or on their cell-phone, or putting on their makeup, or doing anything except driving, drivers around them tend to respond poorly, and that is a large driver of road rage.”
The AutoVantage survey also looked at Houston, and found “it was the 8th worse city to drive in. Drivers in Houston tend to multi-task, and were ranked 3rd in the nation. Drivers in Houston were #1 in complaining how fast other drivers were going.”
Auto industry consultant David Stivers says the incidences of road rage on Friday evenings are driven by economic reasons.
“It’s partly because they’re getting their paychecks cashed, and they’re not getting as much money as they need or want. And that adds to the congestion and what is often called by psychologists an ‘intermittent explosive disorder. People become outraged, and they do so while they are driving an automobile, which is heavy, and has power and can injure not just them and their passengers but others as well.”