Bushman’s Road Rage Study Featured On ABC News
The experiment involved placing 60 drivers behind the wheel in Ohio State's Driving Simulation Lab. Participants were randomly assigned a frustrating driving scenario. Half of the participants were then given an unloaded gun in their passenger seat, while the other half were given a tennis racquet. The results suggested that those in the presence of a gun tend to make driver’s act more aggressively.
“The mere presence of a gun in a motor vehicle increases aggressive driving," said Bushman in the article. "The chance that a situation of conflict, like being cut off in traffic, will end up deadly is increased if a gun is available."