Heavy traffic may not be your biggest danger on your way to work. A new study from the careers website CareerBuilder.com shows that angry and distracted drivers are all over the road during your morning and afternoon commute.
The survey, conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf ofCareerBuilder, polled 3,892 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) ages 18 and over between May 14 and June 4, 2012.
It found that 58% of commuters have experienced road rage, and nearly one-in-ten commuters have gotten into a fight with another commuter.
“Experiencing road rage on the way to work is most often associated with running late and can be heightened by things we can’t control, such as traffic,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “If you start the day stressed and angry, unfortunately it can have a negative impact on the rest of your day.”
Eighty-three percent of all surveyed workers said they usually drive to work—and of those commuters, 12% reported that they took a job with a longer commute during or after the recession. Episodes of road rage are more common among those with longer trips, but workers with short drives to their jobs aren’t unaffected, CareerBuilder says.
Thirty-seven percent of workers with commutes of less than five minutes said they experience road rage from time to time, while 54% of those with commutes of less than ten minutes admitted to it.