I really should be a more patient driver.

But I'm not. I feel like I wanna complain sometimes about the way people drive, but I'm sure plenty of people would complain about the way I drive. I guess I could be described as "aggressive", but I'm not someone who senselessly tailgates people, or drives dangerously. But I do want to get where I'm headed as quickly as possible.

Windshield view of an angry driver man. Negative human emotions face expression

I suppose sometimes that makes me drive a bit nutty. For that matter, road rage in Maine seems to have hit fever pitch the last several years. People have been honked at, given the finger, and even in some cases had guns pulled on them. Over a simple road rage incident. It never ceases to amaze me that someone is potentially willing to go to jail over getting cut off in traffic. Wtf?!

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It would seem it also takes almost no time at all for Mainers to lose it.

Overall, Mainers claim they don't really have a big problem with the roads/traffic where they live. But this study from Assurance.com says that Mainers behind the wheel turn sour pretty fast. In a mere 14 minutes, we can go from carefree drivers minding their own business, to freakshow level madness.


In 14 little minutes. Most people can't even make it to the grocery store in 14 minutes. So it's not like this is just relegated to highway driving or anything. This means you're throwing temper tantrums a couple blocks from your house. How does someone get that intensely pissed off in less than 15 minutes.

There must be worse road ragers than us out there.

A small handful states seem to freak out a little bit faster. Just next door in New Hampshire, they flip out a tiny bit quicker. It takes them about 12 minutes. As compared to Oregon, where they apparently can last up to 22 minutes behind the wheel before they get all angry about it. Maybe we need to take Oregon lessons.

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash
Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

We also do quite a bit if weaving in and out of traffic, according to the same survey. I imagine this lends to our impatience. If you're so aggro that you're weaving through lanes, you're gonna be mad every single time you hit a snag. Sounds like just another reason to flip right out.

Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash
Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

Maybe we all just need to take a deep breath and chill. No state with legal weed should be having this many aggressive people. Of course I'm not recommending people smoke weed and drive, but maybe find a constructive way to just kick it down a notch. Life is too short to let yourself get mega mad in less than fifteen minutes.

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