New research that has been published by the University of East Wakering has revealed that fidget spinners have the potential to reduce road rage by a whopping 74%.
A study of 1000 drivers over four weeks in April was carried out by the university’s Faculty of Behavioural Studies, and in most cases it was found that motorists were able to immediately reduce their levels of road rage while using a form of fidget spinner – the £5 children’s toy that it currently flying off the shelves all over the world.
Professor Henry Scatt was in charge of the pioneering research, and he told our Chief Reporter that this work could have the potential to reduce road rage-related incidents by almost three-quarters across the board.
He said: ‘We found 1000 motorists who all admitted that they suffer from road rage to a certain degree, and we installed dashboard cameras in every vehicle before giving each of them a fidget spinner to use.’
‘They all told us that within a few moments of starting to rotate the device, they felt calm and in control on the road, and a number of them even found that the toy is a fantastic way to pull back from a confrontational situation.’
‘In one example, a white van driver was cut up on the approach to the Sadlers Farm roundabout, and he admitted that in a normal situation he would accelerate, pull up alongside the offending motorist and shout ‘you f*cking c*nt’ very loudly through the front window.’
‘However, he told us that he immediately reached out for his fidget spinner and started twirling it, and this gave him the mental push to simply allow the other motorist to continue on their journey.’
‘Naturally it will be a lot easier to adopt this road rage-reduction strategy in vehicles with an automatic gearbox, but with a bit of practice driving in a vehicle with a manual transmission should be relatively straightforward as well.’
Southend bus driver Nathan Rogers took part in the study after volunteering because of ‘feelings of uncontrollable ballistic rage’ while operating school buses across the area at peak time.
He said: ‘My life has changed completely since getting a fidget spinner. I used to lose my rag when they all went upstairs and started using cans of Lynx deodorant as modified flame throwers, but now I just have a little chuckle to myself and carry on spinning my fidget spinner.’
We asked Dr Scatt if it may actually be more dangerous to use a fidget spinner while driving due to diverting attention away from the road ahead.
He said: ‘Not at all – we have calculated that the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. Besides, it is possible to purchase fidget spinners that are made out of transparent plastic, which means that motorists will have an unimpeded view of the road in front of them.’