Texting-While-Driving May Lead to Road Rage: Report

A 2012 report suggests that an increase in texting-while-driving may be an instigator in road rage

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    Many Chicago drivers know road rage all too well.

    A recent study conducted by Chicago-based CareerBuilder indicates nearly three-in-five working commuters experience road rage during their commutes.

    Though the current findings were similar to those found in 2006 when the study was last conducted, the 2012 report suggests texting-while-driving may be an instigator for raging riders.

    Nearly 24 percent of the 3,982 participants reported being in an accident while en route to their jobs, and 30 percent admitted to texting while driving.

    Texting was mostly associated with younger generations, and workers age 25 to 34 were most likely to experience angry driving at 68 percent compared to 47 percent of workers 55 and older, according to the study.

    Chicago’s heated summer, however, could cool down the sizzling tempers.

    The study indicates workers may have more “amicable” commutes during warm-weather months as 17 percent of commuters reported less road rage during summer.

    Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, recommends drivers give themselves extra time during their commutes, request to start work at off-peak times to avoid rush hour, listen to soothing tunes or books in the car, or consider public transportation to help calm a commute and “set a positive vibe for the workday.”