Most Drivers in the US Have Road Rage, Are Total Monsters, New Survey Says

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Drivers in the United States are vicious, according to the least surprising survey of the 21st century.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's new report collected information from 2,705 licensed drivers 16 and older in 2014. Of those drivers, 78% reported doing at least one form of aggressive driving behavior.

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The offenses ranged from tame things like tailgating, yelling and honking to dangerous acts like cutting vehicles off on purpose and even bumping or ramming another vehicle like we're in post-apocalypse America and the War Boys are making a supply run.

The congested and toll-road-stricken northeastern part of the country took home the gold for highest instances of yelling, honking and tailgating — of the 515 drivers from that part of the country, almost half admitted fault for each of the three categories, proving we are little more than E85-fueled animals. 

That high level of shitty behavior makes sense, doesn't it? Especially considering how similar it is to trolling anonymously on the internet. Just like when you're sitting at your computer, behind your steering wheel you're just another nobody in a carbureted sea of other nobodies; your actions don't have consequences.

But that doesn't excuse anything. So drivers: Quit being the worst. Looking right at you, East Coast.

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