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Researchers reveal worst times for road rage

May 10, 2016 | By | In Advice

Researchers across the Pond have analysed social media in order to ascertain the most popular time periods for road rage.

By searching Instagram for #RoadRage, the team from the Auto Insurance Centre discovered that the most popular time of the year for irate posts was August, with 7,136 of the 65,535 photos featuring the hashtag.

July and October followed, with 6,087 and 6,084 posts respectively. The researchers attributed this frustration to the increased number of cars on the road due to school holidays and the likelihood that motorists had consumed alcohol prior to driving.

“These factors can all produce the perfect storm for frustration on the road,” the researchers explained.

The study also revealed the angriest time of the day, with most drivers getting fed up around 6pm, followed by 5pm and then 4pm.

Friday is the day that sees the most road rage, while Thursday, Wednesday and Tuesday compete for second place. However, the weekend proves to be much more relaxed on the roads.

Highest on the list of road rage cities is Los Angeles, followed by New York City, Mount Pleasant and Chicago.

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A trend of high road rage was noticed in the states popular for tourists, with Hawaii taking the top spot for #RoadRage posts, significantly more than second place California’s 3,506.

“Traffic in Honolulu was recently ranked third-worst in the nation,” the study states.

“The Aloha State also ranked in the top 10 states popular for tourists – and as many locals can attest, an influx of out-of-state motorists trying to navigate unfamiliar roads can be stressful at best.”

Jack Evans

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

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