Kind and considerate driving can lead to a longer life, Queensland researchers have discovered.
Their world first study has found aggressive driving can have negative long term impacts.
Road rage can lead to crashes and frightening confrontations but now a new study has found it also contributes to poor health.
“Being an aggressive driver could actually kill you in the long term,” Paul Turner from motoring organisation RACQ said.
Researchers used a simulator to test driver reactions to four types of road users – aggressive, oblivious, distracted and considerate.
They tested heart rates and blood pressure, finding angry drivers triggered high stress levels.
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“What it came up with was up to six years after aggressive road rage behaviour, that person will suffer health impacts,” Mr Turner said.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the affects they may encounter.
Researchers also found some types of infrastructure have negative effects also.
There are calls for all levels of government to make improvements in areas that cause stress for drivers like roadworks sites and roundabouts.
Queensland roads minister Mark Bailey said the government targeted high risk sites but said it was also up to drivers.
Another option is more education to stop road rage incidents like this in Melbourne this morning
A witness said the driver: “Continually fish tailed, trying to swerve into the car to basically scare the crap out of him, and he just did it once too often.”
News break – January 15