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Research finds women are angrier than men when behind the wheel

Tuesday 18 October 2016, By Autovolo

Research finds women are angrier than men when behind the wheel

Research finds women are angrier than men when behind the wheel

New figures have revealed that when behind the wheel, women are angrier than men.

A study of 1,000 UK drivers was conducted by Hyundai Motor UK, with the intention of finding out how people reacted to different situations while driving. It found that women were on average 12 per cent angrier than male drivers when in control of a car. 

Drivers were ‘sense tested’ as part of the event, which was conducted by Patrick Fagan, behavioural psychologist from Goldsmiths University London. Participants were subjected to changes in sight and smell, as well as others, to find out how they would react.

As a part of the test, drivers were undertaken by other vehicles on the road, as well as shouted and beeped at – with women recorded as being 14 per cent angrier than male drivers.

Women were also 13 per cent angrier when they came upon a fellow road user who failed to indicate before moving. 

The event also revealed that there are two major emotions that occur while driving. There is happiness, which is related to the feeling of freedom that comes with being in car. This is contrasted by anger, which comes about as result of feeling out of control. 

Fagan said: “Psychologically, women score higher than men on emotional and verbal intelligence, and on the personality trait of neuroticism. Evolutionary theory suggests our early female ancestors had to develop an acute sense of danger for anything that threatened them and their young if their cave was undefended while out hunting.

“That ‘early warning system’ instinct is still relevant today, and women drivers tend to be more sensitive to negative stimuli, so get angry and frustrated quicker.”