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Road Rage Behavior Linked To Number Of [Bumper] Stickers
All Headline News ^ | June 17, 2008 | Vittorio Hernandez

Posted on 06/21/2008 4:54:36 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

Denver, CO (AHN) - With soaring gas prices, it is not surprising to hear that incidents of road rage are on the rise. A study by a Colorado State University social psychologist said there is a better predictor of road rage behavior among American motorists.

According to William Szlemko, in his recent study published at the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, the more a driver has bumper stickers, window decals, personalized licensed plates and other territorial markers on his vehicle, the greater is his tendency to get mad when someone cuts into his lane.

The road anger may be expressed through his car in the form of honking, tailgating and other known aggressive motorist conduct.

Szlemko and his fellow academics at Fort Collins found a link between aggressive driver behavior and visible markers on cars. "The more marker a car has, the more aggressively the person tends to drive when provoked," Szlemko wrote.

He explained the driver behavior to the concept of territoriality in which the motorist equates public roads as "my street" or "my lanes"

This behavior applies even to drivers whose cars may have peace-bearing messages like "Visualize World Peace" or a threatening marker such as "Don't Mess With Texas" and "My Kid Beat Up Your Honor Student".


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: bumperstickers; psychology

1 posted on 06/21/2008 4:58:18 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Pics of cars covered in Obama or Hillary stickers in 3...2...1....


2 posted on 06/21/2008 5:00:22 PM PDT by ozark hilljilly (I was gruntled before I was disgruntled.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

And who has the most bumper stickers on their cars? Well, here in Arizona it’s the boneheaded, liberal “college students.” Flagstaff, Arizona (NAU) is the dumbass bumper sticker capitol of the world.


3 posted on 06/21/2008 5:02:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I swear I had already begun to develop the notion that people with lots of bumper stickers were more likely to be kind of aggressive. I have also noticed that women who wear lots of perfume are often that way too.


4 posted on 06/21/2008 5:02:43 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: A_perfect_lady
I swear I had already begun to develop the notion that people with lots of bumper stickers were more likely to be kind of aggressive. I have also noticed that women who wear lots of perfume are often that way too

And you've really gotta watch out for those folks who put lots of perfume on their cars....

5 posted on 06/21/2008 5:04:57 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: All

(Yes, that says "Kerry.")

6 posted on 06/21/2008 5:05:56 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: r9etb
And you've really gotta watch out for those folks who put lots of perfume on their cars....

Or a bumper sticker on each ear lobe.

7 posted on 06/21/2008 5:07:21 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (McCain, my penultimate choice in the primary and only choice in the general)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I pay attention to bumper stickers. I have noticed that people who have lots of liberal bumper stickers, seemingly holding their car together, appear angry. Usually you will have a couple of older hippies with gray pony tails and they will always look mad as snakes.

People with NRA, Support the Troops and Sore Loserman bumper stickers look happy and up beat. Then you have the Visualize Whirled Peas, Nuke the Gay Whales For Jesus and the Dial 1-800-eat sh*t folks, and I have no idea where they are coming from.

8 posted on 06/21/2008 5:15:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Graybeard58

All children should avoid this man....

9 posted on 06/21/2008 5:16:46 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Every time I see a “Irish for John Kerry’ bumber sticker I start honking at them and laughing.


10 posted on 06/21/2008 5:25:03 PM PDT by RDTF (my worst nightmare is being on jury duty sequestered with 11 liberals)
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To: RDTF

bumber=bumper

lol!


11 posted on 06/21/2008 5:25:40 PM PDT by RDTF (my worst nightmare is being on jury duty sequestered with 11 liberals)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
...This behavior applies even to drivers whose cars may have peace-bearing messages like "Visualize World Peace..."

That's odd, those are the ones that I usually run off of the road.
12 posted on 06/21/2008 5:26:46 PM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Obammunists: Millions fooled daily!!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I only have one bumper sticker on my car and when folks read it they tend to back way off. It says: It is the right and duty of citizens to remain armed at all times. Thomas Jefferson

I don’t know if they think I will shoot their car or what (I wouldn’t)but I rarely have to deal with tailgaters!


13 posted on 06/21/2008 5:32:10 PM PDT by Vor Lady (Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments. Alexander the Great)
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To: Ditter
So, what does this say about me?


14 posted on 06/21/2008 5:41:30 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
NO BUMPER STICKER.
WATCH FOR FINGER.

15 posted on 06/21/2008 6:29:02 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: Kozak

It says if you had Texas plates on your truck, you’d be just about perfect. ;9)


16 posted on 06/21/2008 6:35:26 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Kozak
I got another one for you:

REPUBLICAN

Because not everyone can be on welfare.

17 posted on 06/21/2008 6:43:05 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Fiengold and Obey stickers always piss me off too.


18 posted on 06/21/2008 6:46:17 PM PDT by Siberian-psycho (An oppressed class which did not try to possess arms, would deserve to be treated as slaves." Lenin)
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To: Lizavetta

“Buy a gun, piss off a liberal”


19 posted on 06/21/2008 7:20:13 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Cheney/Rumsfeld ‘08 always gets red faces in the rear view.


21 posted on 06/21/2008 8:09:32 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: ozark hilljilly; Diana in Wisconsin

This was posted on the 17th of June as well. Lots of funny replies and pictures in #2, 14, 15 and 117.

Sign of road rage may be on bumper
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2032260/posts


22 posted on 06/22/2008 5:45:51 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (A vote for any Democrat from BO on down the ticket is a vote for $10 a gallon gas.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Flagstaff, Arizona (NAU) is the dumbass bumper sticker capitol of the world.

I like Flagstaff, but not it's really even in the running. Obviously, you've never been to Brookline, Massachusetts.

If you see a car that looks like a billboard from the rear, it's a red flag that the driver is on a hair trigger. Almost always, the array is distinctly left-wing. As a rule, anyone sporting more than five bumber stickers will have at least one "Impeach Bush" member and a better than 99 percent chance that one calls 9-11 an inside job.

23 posted on 06/22/2008 5:56:09 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Hillary to Obama: Arkancide happens.)
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To: Kozak

I wouldn’t mind having the Terrorist bumper sticker :D


24 posted on 06/22/2008 6:45:09 AM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (Maranatha!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I have never put a bumper sticker on a car. It’s kindof like carrying a suitcase with London, Paris, Rome, etc, stickers all over it, lol.


25 posted on 06/22/2008 2:22:19 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
the more a driver has bumper stickers, window decals, personalized licensed plates and other territorial markers on his vehicle, the greater is his tendency to get mad when someone cuts into his lane.
Really, to counteract this, one only needs a single, classic bumpersticker -- "Don't tailgate me or I'll flick a booger on your windshield".
26 posted on 06/22/2008 7:11:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Kozak

It says you have a cool truck! :)


27 posted on 06/23/2008 5:52:24 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments. Alexander the Great)
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