Capitol Media Services Howard Fischer
If you think Arizona motorists are inconsiderate, you’re not alone.
Arizona has the most “conflicting drivers” in the nation, according to a national survey of 10,000 licensed drivers by Forbes Advisor.
More than one in five 200 Arizona motorists surveyed said they had been forced off the road, according to the new report. It’s right behind Illinois.
But that’s only part of the reason Forbes Advisor ranked Arizona the worst.
More than 56% of drivers here said other motorists were preventing them from changing lanes. And 51% said they were cut on purpose.
And no less than 81% said they had been shouted at, insulted or threatened.
For many Arizonans, it didn’t stop there: nearly one in three Arizonans said another driver actually got out of their vehicle to yell at them or even fight with them.
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Nationally, Forbes Advisor said one of the main reasons given for feeling road rage was heavy traffic, a factor cited by nearly 40% of respondents.
But other elements also come into play – and can be combined.
More than 28% said they already felt stressed, and a third said they were late.
And starting angry even before getting behind the wheel was cited by almost 33% of those who say they are guilty of road rage.
The location of motorists also plays a role.
Drivers reported encountering road rage most often on city streets.
Directly behind are highways or highways.
But nearly one in seven people who experienced road rage weren’t even on the road, but rather in parking lots. And intersections were also the site of problems in 12% of situations.
So where is the best place to get away? Rural roads, where motorists said only 7% of road rage incidents occurred.
It’s not a Southwest thing: Of the top 10 worst road rage states, Texas was the only state in the region on that list.
The rest of the list of worst road rage situations, according to Forbes, is mixed.
Little Rhode Island came in second, at least in part because more than 96% of drivers in that area reported that another motorist had yelled at them, insulted them, swore at them or made threats. That compares to just 81% in Arizona.
In third place was Vest Virginia, where 77% of motorists said they were hounded, and 61% said someone left their vehicle to yell at them or fight with them.
So where are the most courteous drivers?
In Delaware, according to the new report.
While 41% of motorists say they have been shouted at, insulted or threatened, only 11% say they have been intentionally cut off.
A person only got out of their vehicle 8% of the time. And only 5% said they had been forced off the road, less than a quarter of the figure in Arizona.
The survey was conducted between July 7 and August 3 by OnePoll. Its margin of error is 2.2 percentage points.