Driver Aggression and Anger

Mark J.M. Sullman, Amanda N. Stephens

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Aggressive driving is a global road safety issue. Aggressive driving is recognized as being a substantial contributor to motor vehicle crashes and is ranked as one of the leading concerns for motorists. Estimates show that drivers, when aggressive, have 35 times the odds of crashing than when not aggressive. Nevertheless, aggressive driving receives less research attention than other driver behaviors, such as distraction or impaired driving, despite having comparable or higher odds of crash involvement. This is likely to be due to a number of different reasons, including a confusion between anger and aggression, inconsistent definitions for aggressive driving, and uncertainty over whether road rage forms a part of aggressive driving.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Transportation
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-7
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026724
ISBN (Print)9780081026717
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Aggressive driving
  • Angry driving
  • Crash involvement
  • Driving aggression
  • Driving anger


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