Drivers may not spread any holiday cheer

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Speeding, driving too fast, improper lane changing, and tailgating, a new State Farm report says most of us have seen aggressive drivers around the holidays.

South Hadley resident Haley Convertino said she’s definitely seen aggression on the road. “I definitely think that I have noticed that there are more people on the roads and people seem to be a little bit more in a rush trying to get places, especially when the malls are crowded. People just want to get out and get home,” she said.

Eighteen to 29 year-olds are most likely to blame another driver for provoking them. If you’re a tailgater, flash your lights at other drivers, or refuse to let other cars pass you, The National Safety Council says you’re provoking frustration on the road.

Drivers are most likely to act aggressively if they’re running late, stuck in a traffic jam, or blocked by road construction. Lenox resident Maxwell Dakin admitted to being one of those drivers. “I get really frustrated during traffic jams, especially when somebody in their big truck is trying to pull over in my lane,” he said.

It’s important to remember that yelling, pounding on the steering wheel and honking your horn won’t make traffic move any faster.

Northampton resident Kery Hardwick told 22News he stays safe on the roads by not responding to aggressive drivers. “If someone’s aggressive I try not to respond because it makes matters worse. I try and keep a cool head when I’m driving, so I don’t think I drive more aggressive,” he said.

More than 50 percent of drivers said men are more likely to drive aggressively.

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