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USA & Canada Data - Age Contrasts

by Dr. Leon James

For scales: Max=10; For Percentages: percent who say they do it at times

This is a  sample of 1046 entries

USA AGE GROUPS (N=1046)
(USA/Canada combined)
Canada

Note:
The double asterisks ** indicate statistically significant differences for contrasts involving USA/CANADA and for  YOUNG/MIDDLE/OLDER

For percentages, probable error=3%.
For 10-point scales, probable error=0.3 of one scale unit.

N=761

updated on
9-8--98

YOUNG

15-24
N=293

updated on
9-8-98

MIDDLE

25-54
N=689

updated on
9-8-98

OLDER

55+
N=64

updated on
9-8-98

N=285

updated on
9-8--98

3.  age (mean) 34 20 37 61 34
5.  driving experience in years 18

4**

21** 44** 18
6. Q1 rate your excellence as a driver 7.9**

7.6**

8.0** 8.1** 8.1**
7. Q2 rate your own aggressiveness 5.7**

6.2**

5.7** 5.0** 6.0**
8. Q3 degree of stress you feel as driver 5.4**

5.1**

4.6** 4.2** 5.0**

Q4-1-THE ZONE OF IMPATIENCE

USA

YOUNG MIDDLE OLDER

CANADA

9. speeding 5 to 10 92%

94%

92% 88% 93%
10. making rolling stops 50%

66**%

45**% 30**% 54%
11. making illegal turns 15%

22%**

14%** 11%** 19%
12. not signaling lane changes 25%

32%**

22%** 14%** 23%
13. following very close 14%

23%**

13%** 3%** 15%
14. going through red lights 10%

14%**

7**% 2%** 8%
15. failure to yield 8%

13%**

8%** 3%** 8%
16. swearing, name calling 58% 59%** 60%** 44%** 60%
17. Q4-1-regularity rating for above 6.0 6.6** 6.0** 4.5** 6.0

Q4-2-THE ZONE OF HOSTILITY

USA

YOUNG MIDDLE OLDER

CANADA

18. speeding 15 to 25 mph 39%** 51%** 40%** 16%** 47%**
19. yelling at another driver 32% 38%** 33%** 11%** 34%
20. honking to protest 35%** 41 38 28% 46%**
21. revving engine to retaliate 11% 20%** 7%** 3%** 12%
22. making an insulting gesture 24%** 30%** 25%** 14%** 30%**
23. tailgating dangerously 12% 18%** 11%** 6%** 13%
24. shining bright lights to retaliate 18%** 26%** 20%** 8%** 27%**
25. cruising in passing lane 11%** 14%** 8%** 11%** 9%**
26. Q4-2-Regularity rating for above 3.9** 4.3** 4.0** 3.2** 4.4**

Q4-3-THE ROAD RAGE ZONE

USA

YOUNG MIDDLE OLDER

CANADA

27. braking suddenly to punish 32% 41%** 31%** 16%** 34%
28. deliberately cutting off 15% 22%** 15%** 3%** 18%
29. using car to block the way 18% 26%** 17%** 9%** 18%
30. using car as weapon to attack 2% 4% 3% 0% 4%
31. chasing a car in hot pursuit 8%** 14% 9% 3% 15%**
32. getting into a physical fight 2%** 3% 2% 0% 5%**
33. other things in same category 8%** 13%** 9%** 0**% 13%**
34. Q4-Regularity rating for above 2.7 3.1** 2.5** 2.4** 2.7
EMOTIONS WHILE DRIVING

USA

YOUNG MIDDLE OLDER

CANADA

35. Q5-1 feeling anger or rage 4.5 4.9** 4.4** 3.3** 4.3
36. Q5-2 enjoying violent fantasies 2.4 2.8** 2.3** 1.9** 2.1
37. Q5-3 fear for self and family 4.0** 3.8 3.9 3.7 3.5**
38. Q5-4 feeling comapssion 4.9 4.7** 4.9** 5.4** 4.7
39. Q5-5 feeling competitive 4.9 5.5** 4.7** 3.5** 4.7
40. Q5-6 feeling impatient, rushing 5.7 6.2** 5.5** 4.2** 5.4
41. Q5-7 want to drive dangerously 2.7 3.4** 2.4** 2.3** 2.6
42. Q5-8 feeling level-headed/calm 6.7 6.6 6.8 6.9 6.9
43. Q6 rate others' aggressiveness 6.3 6.3 6.3** 5.7** 6.2
Q7-1-NOW RATE YOUR PARENTS
THE ZONE OF IMPATIENCE

USA

YOUNG MIDDLE OLDER

CANADA

44. speeding 5 to 10 mph 68% 79**% 65**% 41%** 64%
45. making rolling stops 38% 45**% 36**% 13**% 41%
46. making illegal turns 16%** 22% 17% 13% 22%**
47. not signaling lane changes 27% 37%** 24%** 13%** 27%
48. following very close as a habit 19% 22% 19% 13% 20%
49. going through red lights 9% 12% 9% 6% 13%
50. failure to yield 11% 12% 12% 8% 12%
51. swearing, cussing, name-calling 40% 45%** 39%** 22%** 38%
52. Q7-1 Regularity rating for above 4.9 5.4** 4.8** 4.2** 5.0
Q7-2-THE ZONE OF HOSTILITY

USA

YOUNG MIDDLE OLDER

CANADA

53. speeding 15 to 25 27**% 35**% 27%** 19%** 32**%
54. yelling, swearing, name-calling 30% 36%** 28%** 16%** 27%
55. honking to protest or retaliate 34% 41%** 33%** 22%** 34%
56. revving to retaliate 9% 12%** 8%** 3%** 8%
57. making an insulting gesture 18%** 25%** 19%** 5%** 23**%
58. tailgating dangerously 12%** 16% 15% 9% 20%**
59. shining headlights to retaliate 17% 18% 19% 8% 21%
60. cruising in the passing lane 11% 15% 11% 9% 14%
61. Q7-2-Regularity rating for above 3.9 4.3** 3.7** 3.8** 4.0
Q7-3-THE ROAD RAGE ZONE

USA

YOUNG MIDDLE OLDER

CANADA

62. suddenly braking to retaliate 18% 24%** 17%** 9%** 20%
63. deliberately cutting off 14% 18% 13% 8% 15%
64. using car to bloack the way 11% 16% 9% 13%** 11%
65. using car as a weapon 4% 4% 3% 3% 2%
66. chasing a car in hot pursuit 8% 11% 7% 6% 8%
67. getting into a physical fight 4% 4% 4% 2% 4%
68. other things in this category 11% 14%** 10%** 2%** 9%
69. Q4-2-Regularity of above 2.8 3.1** 2.7** 3.1** 2.8
HOW MUCH IN FAVOR ARE YOU FOR

USA

YOUNG MIDDLE OLDER

CANADA

70. Q8-1 stronger law enforcement 6.0** 5.3** 6.5** 7.0** 6.6**
71. Q8-2 more electronic surveillance 5.4** 4.8** 5.8** 6.3** 5.9**
72. Q8-3 more driver ed and training 6.8** 6.5** 7.1** 7.2** 7.3**
73. Q8-4 more insurance incentives 8.5 8.3 8.6 8.6 8.6
74. Q8-5 tougher license requirements 7.5 6.6** 7.9** 7.5** 7.5
75. Q8-6 tougher renewal of  license 7.0 6.4** 7.3** 7.1** 7.1

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