Survey suggest many drivers are more aggressive during holidays


CLEVELAND -- AAA projects that nearly 95 million people will be loading up the car and traveling 50 miles or more for the holidays. They also say that more than 90 percent of those traveling, will be on the road opposed to flying.

The number of Americans headed home for the holidays is up for the fifth straight year, but with all the cars on the road, a new study suggests many of those drivers will be aggressive.

An online survey by State Farm and KRC Research found that 64 percent of U.S. drivers have experienced an act of aggression driving six times or more in the past three months.

So what's causing all this aggression behind the wheel?

Topping the charts were traffic jams, with 63 percent of those surveyed saying they've become aggressive while staring at brake lights. Next on the list was running late at 55 percent and road closures/construction at 47 percent.

The survey also found that nearly one-third of drivers said they're more likely to drive aggressively during winter holidays.

AAA says there's reason to smile while driving this year other than the happiness brought on by visiting loved ones.

Robert Ross, a spokesperson for AAA, says, "Gas prices are at an all-time low. Last year they were paying more than they are this year, so pack patience. You're going to visit family and friends."