Workers may have more than heavy traffic to contend with on their way to work. In a new study from CareerBuilder, 58% of workers who drive to work said they experience road rage at times while traveling to and from the workplace, similar to findings in 2006 when the study was last conducted. Nearly one-in-ten workers (9%) who drive to work have gotten into a fight with another commuter.
The vast majority of workers (83%) said they typically drive to work and of those, 12% reported they took a job with a longer commute during or post-recession. While incidents of road rage are more prevalent among those with lengthy commutes, workers with short trips aren't immune. Fifty-four percent of workers with commutes of less than 10 minutes said they experience road rage from time to time.
Women were more apt to feel road rage: 61% compared to 56% of men. In terms of age groups, workers ages 25 to 34 were the most likely to experience road rage at 68% while workers 55 and older were the least likely to experience it at 47%.
Nearly one-in-four workers (24%) who drive to work reported they have been involved in an accident. While a variety of factors contribute to accidents, cell phone use can be a culprit. Three-in-ten workers (30%) admitted they have texted driving to and from work.
Workers may have a more amicable commute over the summer months. Seventeen percent of workers reported they tend to have less road rage in the summer, although 10% said they tend to have more.
The survey was conducted online among more than 3,800 workers nationwide.