Road rage more about rude drivers, not dangerous ones: study

A QUEENSLAND study has discovered road rage is more likely to be triggered by rude drivers than dangerous drivers.

The results of the Queensland University of Technology's Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) study - were presented at an international psychology conference in Paris recently.

The negative driving experiences of 209 Queensland motorists over one week were recorded for the study.

It found people were more frustrated by inconsiderate drivers who broke "driving etiquette".

CARRS-Q researcher Lauren Shaw said when drivers did not behave politely on the roads, their fellow motorists responded in two ways.

She said either people felt justified in honking their horn or raising their finger to "teach a lesson" to rude drivers or they took the high road, not responding despite their anger.

Ms Shaw said understanding the cause of driver aggression was the key to developing strategies to reduce road rage.

Her next study will investigate the psychological processes involved in driving.