Is there no aloha on Hawaii roads?
The rise of social media has given motorists new ways to vent their driving-related frustrations. The Auto Insurance Center recently analyzed 65,535 Instagram posts hashtagged #RoadRage to find out where, when, and why American drivers are feeling most aggravated.
According to its analysis, Hawaii is number-one of all U.S. states that feel the burn behind the wheel — by a mile.
The center logged 5,872 posts per 100,000 drivers in Hawaii. Compare that to California, which came in second with a ratio of just 3,506 posts per 100,000 drivers.
“Haha. I don’t like people cutting in front of me,” said Ala Moana resident Koel Maruame. “To be honest, I’m one of them!”
Instagram results also put Honolulu 22nd out of 24 U.S. cities where motorists feel the most road rage, the center says.
The rankings aren’t surprising when you consider Honolulu often appears in the top 10 when it comes to traffic congestion studies.
But some residents have taken it to the extreme. Kimberly Ong was caught yelling at a man on video during a road rage incident in Moanalua in 2014. She was ordered to undergo anger-management therapy after pleading no contest to a charge of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
In 2015, a woman was arrested after being accused of threatening an off-duty police officer with a knife. Her fiancee told us at the time, the officer was driving recklessly and almost hit her car.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says aggressive driving is a serious problem on our nation’s roadways and highways, and is a factor in about 56 percent of fatal crashes, spokesman Jeffrey Spring told KHON2.
Spring says road rage is the extreme end of aggressive driving.
“Aggressive driving from our perspective is intentional. It is dangerous behavior that jeopardizes the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” he said. “Road rage is less common than aggressive driving but obviously more dangerous. It is deliberate and uncontrolled anger that can lead to violence which can lead to, sadly, serious injury or death.”
Spring offered the following tips to avoid road rage:
- When you merge into traffic, make sure you use your signal and leave plenty of room to enter without cutting someone off.
- If you accidentally do cut someone off, try to apologize with an appropriate gesture such as a hand wave, and make sure it doesn’t look like something else is at fault.
- If someone cuts you off, take the high road. Slow down and give them plenty of room. Don’t escalate the situation.
“The main thing we would recommend is do not engage in aggressive behavior. If someone is being aggressive, let them go,” Spring said. “Do not, under any circumstances, pull off to the side of the road and settle it face-to-face.”
The following results were also included in Auto Insurance Center’s study. Drivers appear to feel the most enraged while driving home after a long workday.