We live in a fast paced environment, road rage happens when driving to and from work or dealing with someone who is riding too close to you or driving too slow. You hear about road rage on the news and from other people but what is road rage really and how can you prevent it?
Having road rage is not only having negative feelings but can also be aggressive driving and/or verbal or physical interactions. I have seen road rage several times just sitting in my car at a traffic light. I have seen people beeping at others because they want them to turn on red or beep at them because they are not driving fast enough.
So what is road rage?
The definition of road rage is “the manifestation of extreme aggressive behaviors by a driver of a car or other motor vehicle”. This terms started in the 80s when there was a bunch of shootings on the freeways injuring many drivers and created a scare for anyone driving a lone on the road.
What are the symptoms of road rage?
Giving rude gestures to another driver, excessive horn honking, flashing lights at other drivers and just plain aggressive driving.
In people with extreme symptoms of road rage it can mean they accelerate quickly, tailgate other drivers or preventing someone from merging in their lane. This behavior can lead to aggression on both parties and lead to an accident or even escalate to an altercation which could lead to an assault.
How can we prevent road rage?
There is no way that you can be in control of other people’s emotions but you can control your own when on the road. If there is a driver that is out of control and aggressive. Do not engage with them. If the other driver physically threatens you then contact the police.
If you feel like you are starting to exhibit road rage, try taking a deep breath and start counting to 10. If you need to, pull to the side and take a few deep breaths for about 30 seconds and then resume driving.