One of the most threatening things we have to deal with while driving is road rage. Some people seem to lose temper very quickly and then may be very aggressive. A new study from Hyundai Motor UK revealed that contrary to popular belief women are angrier drivers than men. In fact, scientists even managed to measure the difference.
We usually imagine men being more aggressive and angry than women. This image is often consolidated by mass media and Hollywood movies. But in some situations women may be angrier than men – in fact 12% angrier. At least this is what this new study showed after analysing the behaviour of 1,000 drivers to see how sound, sight, smell, touch and taste provoke emotional responses in different driving scenarios. The technique is called “sense testing” and is very helpful revealing some ancient instincts from when humans were hunter-gatherers.
Scientists found that at the scenario, when female drivers are being affected by undertaking, shouting or beeping drivers or someone commanding from the back seat they are 14% angrier than men in the same situation. Furthermore, they also get 13% angrier when someone on the road fails to indicate their turns. In all situations scientists tested female drivers responded to more anger than men. This research made some other interesting discoveries. For example, driving generally was considered to bring happiness because of the freedom it gives. Men like talking while driving and some even think that they are better drivers when they have someone to talk to. Music makes people happier drivers, as do empty nice roads.
Women are angrier drivers because of some evolutionary traits and self-defence mechanisms. While men were hunting, children and women were left unprotected and they had to have a quick reaction. Patrick Fagan, behavioural psychologist from Goldsmiths University London, said: “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”. This research, Hyundai hopes, will provide enough knowledge to create safer and more enjoyable driving future.
People should be very patient while driving. Some situations are simply not in our control and we should learn to accept that. Women may get angry more often, but we all are sometimes short-tempered in situation we should definitely be more reasonable in.