HONOLULU - WATCH WHERE YOU’RE GOING! LEARN HOW TO DRIVE! Newly released data from insuranceQuotes reveals the most road rage-ridden states, as well as the most frustrating hours, days and months for drivers- and Hawaii tops its list.

“Road rage, in one form or another, affects every driver in every state—and, in today’s social media age, filled with photos and videos and hashtags, we wanted to gather insights from the social sphere that we could present to drivers and communities,” says Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at insuranceQuotes. 

The analysis—which measured the number of Instagram posts in each state with hashtag #RoadRage from 2013 to 2016—found that the top five states with the most aggravated drivers are:

Hawaii (5,872 posts per 100,000 drivers)

California (3,506 posts)

New York (2,200 posts)

New Jersey (2,129 posts)

Nevada (2,004 posts)

“While it may be surprising for some to see Hawaii top the list, the state is notorious for its heavy traffic—and its roads filled with unfamiliar tourists—which can lead to altercations and accidents,” says Adams.


The report also revealed the months, days and times when the hashtag was most used. August was the most aggravating month for drivers, with an average of 7,136 #RoadRage posts from 2013 to 2016—and July was the second most aggravating month. Meanwhile, drivers were least provoked in May, which had an average of 3,737 posts, and April followed as the second least aggravating month.

In addition, results showed that road rage peaks on Friday. Comparatively, Sunday is the calmest day on the roads. Similarly, motorists’ rage appears to increase throughout the day, peaking at the 6 pm hour.

“Road rage and aggressive driving are serious issues that communities can—and ought to—address, as there are in fact solutions. For instance, Texas’ Arlington Police Department started an aggressive driving task force, along with a road rage hotline for people to report aggressive drivers,” says Adams.

The full report is available at https://www.insurancequotes.com/auto/road-rage-when-where-strike-101817.


Methodology: The Road Rage report, conducted by insuranceQuotes, examined Instagram posts with hashtag #RoadRage. A total of 65,535 Instagram posts were analyzed from June 2013 through April 2016, and geographical rankings were based on the 5,183 posts that were geotagged. Instagram’s timestamps, which are in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), were converted to EST (Eastern Standard Time) by subtracting four hours. For the analysis of most frequently used words, insuranceQuotes excluded common short terms unrelated to traffic.