Canadians are known for being polite to a fault, apologizing even when it’s not necessary – that’s the stereotypical image, anyway.
The truth, however, looks to be much different – at least when they are driving – as 33 per cent of Canadians say they are subjected to road rage at least once per month, according to a national State Farm survey of Canadian driving habits released Tuesday.
“Increased suburban development and a lack of updated transportation infrastructure have led to increased congestion on Canadian roads,” said State Farm spokesman John Bordignon. “More traffic can lead to frustration for drivers, add things like weather, construction and the behaviours of others and one can understand how emotions can quickly escalate into road rage.”
Did someone say Pan Am Games?
Other notable triggers of road rage from the survey: Tailgating (30 per cent), others driving distracted (22 per cent), being cut off (22 per cent), taking up two parking spots (7 per cent) and driving with pets on a lap (7 per cent).
The online survey polled 1,300 respondents of driving age across Canada in February 2015.
Here are the rest of the questions asked and the results from the survey. Mouse over the charts to see the exact figures.
Source: State Farm Canadian Driving Habits 2015 Driving Survey