These are the 2 most common insults drivers use against other drivers

Complaining while driving is so common because the person being verbally abused usually doesn't realise it.

There are few places where people swear as much as in the car [Adobe Stock]

People like to swear a lot in the car - unless there are children in the car, in which case they refrain.

There are few places where people swear as much as in the car. At approximately 14 thousand kilometres travelled on the road a lot of swearing is said on the road, especially during long holiday journeys.

According to a survey by dashcam maker Nextbase, the most popular insults are short and concise: "idiot" and "moron."

Surprisingly, the people who swear most at others in the car are women. Women drivers, but also women passengers, have been leading in swearing statistics in surveys for years, 70% of them swear like a shoemaker. Men are apparently a bit more reserved (63%, according to a survey by Car Gurus).

But what could be causing this? This is easy to explain psychologically: people who swear in cars are swearing indirectly. Complaining while driving is so common because the person being verbally abused usually doesn't realise it—and shouldn't.

Women curse, insult and scold, but of course only with the car windows closed. So, swearing remains without consequences, social etiquette is respected, and swearing becomes a loud conversation about oneself to better vent oneself.

In psychology, this is known as catharsis, the emotional clearing of tension, such as during an hour-long traffic jam on the highway. Or women are simply more likely to admit to swearing.

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This article was originally published on Onet Travel.

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