ROAD RAGE AGGRESSIVE DRIVING ON THE ROAD. AGGRESSIVE DRIVING More drivers have started acting out...
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AGGRESSIVE DRIVINGAGGRESSIVE DRIVING
More drivers have started acting out their anger when they get behind the wheel.◦Cut off◦Tailgated◦Slowed down by a vehicle in front of them.
Angry drivers can commit incredible acts of violence.◦Assault and murder
AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety studied:◦More than 10,000 incidents of violent
aggressive driving committed in 2009. It found that at least 218 people were killed. Another 12,610 angry drivers got injured.
No national definition for the term “road rage”◦It is commonly defined as a societal condition
where motorist lose their temper in reaction to a traffic disturbance.
◦In most cases, the traffic situations encountered are typical of today's normal driving conditions in higher traffic volumes.
“Aggressive driving” refers to an angry motorist attempting to intentionally injury or kill another driver because of a traffic dispute.◦Aggressive drivers react negatively and use
their vehicles to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers.
◦This makes “Road Rage”“Road Rage” a serious issue of traffic safety for yourself and others.
Aggressive driving behaviors are triggered by a variety of stimuli.
1.ANGER…… AT FAST DRIVERS WHEN CUT OFF AT SLOW DRIVERS AT BROKEN TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT TRAFFIC JAMS AT YOUR PASSENGERS AT TAILGATERS WHEN MULTILANE HIGHWAYS NARROWS WHEN OTHERS TELL YOU TO CALM DOWN
2. COMPETITION….. WITH YOURSELF WITH OTHER DRIVERS
WITH OTHER CARS IN A TRAFFIC JAM RACING OTHER DRIVERS WITH DRIVERS WHO CHALLENGE YOU STREET RACING AT STOP LIGHTS TO AMUSE YOURSELF WHEN BORED
4. PUNISHMENT…… - DO YOU “PUNISH” BAD DRIVERS?
- COMPLAIN TO PASSENGERS ABOUT OTHER DRIVERS?
- CURSE/MAKE ONSENCE GESTURES AT OTHER DRIVERS? - BLOCK CARS TRYING TO PASS? - BLOCK CARS TRYING TO CHANGE LANES? - RIDE ANOTHER CAR’S TAIL? - BRAKE SUDDENLY TO PUNISH TAILGATER? - USE HIGH BEAMS TO PUNISH BAD DRIVERS?
Violent traffic disputes are rarely the results of a single incident, but rather are the cumulative result of a series of stressors.
Traffic incident that turns violent is often
““the last straw”the last straw”
Aggressive Driver ProfileAggressive Driver Profile
Persons who exhibit aggressive behaviors cross all ages, race, socioeconomic and gender lines.
Even people who are usually “mild-mannered” can blow their top behind the wheel.
Aggressive Driver ProfileAggressive Driver Profile
People who are characteristically cynics, rude, angry or aggressive are pone to get angry more often.
Those people are “raging” at home, at work, and on the road.
Majority of perpetrators:◦Males between the ages of 18 and 26.◦Hundreds of reported cases were 26 to 50
years old.◦In 86 cases the driver was between 50 and 75
No one profile for aggressive drivers.◦Most are relatively young, poorly educated
males with criminal records, histories of violence, and drug or alcohol problems.
◦Many have recently suffered an emotional or professional setback.
◦Hundreds of others are educated men and women with no such histories.
While most of the drivers are male:◦Approximately 4% were female.◦Women used their vehicle as a weapon in 285
cases.◦In 31 known cases, women attacked police
officers, usually while the officer was attempting to issue a traffic citation.
Tailgating to pressure a driver to go faster or get out of the way.
Flashing lights in order to signal drivers to move to another lane.
Obscene gesturing.Changing lanes without signaling.Blasting the horn.
Frequently changing lanes by weaving back and forth.
Racing to beat a yellow light that’s about to turn red.
Traveling in the passing or left lane at a slower speed, making it impossible of others to pass.
Driving with high beams on behind another vehicle or toward on coming traffic.
Cutting drivers off.Slowing down after passing someone.Not making a right turn in the right-hand
turn lane.Not reacting quickly after the light turns
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE the other driver’s CAPACITY for MAYHAM.
BE PATIENTBE PATIENT and KEEP your COOLKEEP your COOL in traffic.
Do not make obscene gestures
Use your horn sparinglyDon’t block passing
laneDon’t switch lanes
without signalingAvoid blocking the
right-hand turn laneDo not take more than
one parking space
If you are not disabled, don’t park in a disabled space
Do not allow your door to hit the car parked next to you
Do not tailgate If you travel slowly, pull
over & allow traffic to pass
Avoid unnecessary use of high beams headlights
Don’t let the car (cellular) phone distract you
Don’t stop in the road to talk with a pedestrian or other driver
Don’t inflict loud music on neighboring cars
Assume other driver’s mistakes are not personal
Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver isn’t
Avoid all conflict if possible. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and get out of the way
Allow plenty of time for the trip.Listen to smoothing music.Improve the comfort in your vehicle.Understand that you can’t control the
traffic, only your reaction to it.
Many otherwise peaceful motorist become enraged road warriorsenraged road warriors when they get behind the wheel. If you’re one of them, be advised that:◦a) cars are not bullet proof;◦b) a truly aggressive driver will follow you
home; and◦c) you’ve got to get out of the car eventually.