Are Women Angrier Drivers

Are Women Angrier Drivers

Women Drivers Get Angrier When Driving

A new study found women get 12% ANGRIER than men in different scenarios in the car. Women get 14% angrier than men at backseat drivers; 13% angrier at people who don’t use turn signals; and between 10% and 12% angrier when people pass them, shout at them, or honk at them. According to a study by Hyundai Motor UK, if you're a female driver, you're a lot angrier than men who get behind the wheel.

London-based behavioral psychologist Patrick Fagan recently did a study that involved 1,000 drivers who were subjected to something he calls "sense testing." To measure their emotional responses while driving, the men and women who took part in the study had to respond to smell, sound, light, touch and taste during different driving scenarios.


The study revealed two dominant emotions — happiness when the driver felt a sense of freedom and anger when they felt out of control. When Fagan broke down the results, it showed that women drivers who participated in the study reacted with anger more often than men.



The way women reacted in the study apparently dates way back to the days of cave man and cave woman. Fagan explains that our early female ancestors had to develop "an acute sense of danger for anything that threatened them and their young if their cave was undefended while men were out hunting. That ‘early warning system’ instinct is still relevant today, and women drivers tend to be more sensitive to negative stimuli, so get angry and frustrated quicker.

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Here’s a scenario that should be familiar: You’re driving along on the highway. Suddenly, without signaling, a massive SUV comes barreling into your lane from the right, forcing you to jam on the brakes and swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. You yell to this person you don’t know (and who can’t hear you) before embarking on a quest to teach them a lesson by tailgating them for the next two miles. The study indicates this tailgating is more often a female reaction.


Although many women will beg to differ that they are more likely to have road rage than men, the study did reveal something that is positive for both sexes. The study also looked into what makes people happy while driving.

84 per cent of people said empty roads, 78 cent said the countryside, 69 per cent the seaside and 54 per cent said singing. So, start singing!!


Another study theorizes that part of the problem has to do with what psychologists call “deindividuation.” Coined around the same time Motor Mania was released, the word indicates a loss of self-awareness and along with it, individual accountability. This can happen in a number of different scenarios and contexts, but anonymity (perceived or real) is always a key ingredient.


And cars, it turns out, work pretty much the same way as an identity-masking hood. In his book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, journalist Tom Vanderbilt points out that while driving, people are surrounded by others (part of a group), and yet they’re also cut off (anonymous), enclosed in steel and glass shells.


Participants were observed to measure how they responded to being cut off, shouted or beeped at, how they dealt with a back-seat driver, and how the reacted when faced with a road user who failed to indicate a lane change. In all test scenarios, female drivers consistently responded with greater levels of anger than male drivers.


Researcher Patrick Fagan, behavioural psychologist from Goldsmiths University London, said: “Psychologically, women score higher than men on emotional and verbal intelligence, and on the personality trait of neuroticism. And it all goes back to those cave woman instincts that automatically kick in.


So what’s the lesson to be learned here? Is it “be nice on the road?” Is it “Don’t make that female driver in the lane next to you angry?” Or should we all just sing while we drive? I like the latter… I sound so good in the car!!!


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