Skip to comments.Road Rage: Why We Lose It
Posted on 06/21/2009 4:40:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono
In a new survey on which of 25 major U.S. cities have the most aggressive drivers, Miami dropped from 1st to 7th, Reuters reports. The Top 3: 1. New York 2. Dallas/Fort Worth 3. Detroit Hey! My city should be No. 1. @#%$@#! Yes, and it's exactly that attitude that gives us road rage. While no statistics are kept specifically on road rage, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that aggressive driving causes about a third of all crashes and about two-thirds of automobile fatalities.
And studies show it's not just total jerks who become enraged. But why does getting behind the wheel transform the meek and mild into raving, dangerous idiots? What causes road rage? Simple: "Human beings are territorial ... The car is an extension of this territory," according to AAA. True that. Plus, as a 2008 study found, humans crave violence just like sex. Watch out particularly for wide-faced men, known to be more aggressive than others. There's another factor: Negative actions play out bigger than positive acts, University of Chicago researchers say. Feeling slighted can have a bigger effect on how a person responds than being the recipient of perceived generosity, the researchers found.
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I never lost my road rage! Now get out of my way!
It used to be common sense.
Road rage happens because have NO SELF CONTROL!
Yes, unrestrained EMOTION is what rules far too many people out there.
I understand your point, but the amount of self absorbed inattentive morons on the road today can push anyone over the edge
After two or three scary incidents with insane people, my new policy is to not look at anyone else who is driving and to not use my horn. And to never, never make hand gestures other than “thank you” and “sorry.” Put a steering wheel in someone’s hands and they lose their MIND.
Everyone who drives slower than me is an idiot.
Everyone who drives faster than me is a MANIAC!
I drive a bright yellow, I mean BRIGHT yellow Toyota Scion Xb. You have to be really careful not to piss off anyone in traffic, they'll never forget that car! Two years from now they'll see it and remember you!
If good fences make for good neighbors then bright yellow clown cars make for good drivers!
You’re all acquainted with the behavior of spoiled children. A parent of a spoiled child will enforce the child’s abusive behavior toward others. The child will be addicted to annoying others through momentary cheap thrills and the erroneous belief that behaving in such a manner offers fulfillment.
Well, decades ago, many divorcing parents started spoiling their kids more for the purpose of retaining custody, and there you have it.
We think alike.
What’s the sign for “sorry”?
Seriously, if there is one I don’t know what it is. I once proposed an automatic pop-up sign that would signal “no mas” when you screwed up in traffic.
I have a bright yellow car, lol.
Oh, so that was YOU!
The sign for “sorry” a polite wave and then getting the heck out of the way and not making any eye contact.
They lost me when they lapsed into Phrenology.
When bad manners on the road got a name, road rage, lots of people feel free to express anger behind the wheel...Its the “in” thing now....
>>I understand your point, but the amount of self absorbed inattentive morons on the road today can push anyone over the edge
That’s the part that always gets ignored in these road rage stories. A road rager is just a speeder until some left-lane vigilante changes lanes to “slow that maniac down” and then proceeds to block the speeder (and all other traffic) for the next mile or two.
Then there must be a lot of sorry drivers in my community because I get that every day!
I agree with that 100%. Self-control and self-restraint are no longer virtues that modern Americans seem to value anymore.
I’ve often thought that there should be a friendly “oops!” horn. It could also be used to remind the someone ahead who is daydreaming that the light has changed.
Animated driving LED emoticon:
That's a good idea. I've also thought there needs to be a "polite horn," one that won't tick people off. A special sound that means, "Pardon me, friend, but I believe you failed to notice that the light has turned green." Of course, probably most people wouldn't use it.
I think it would be useful, but it might actually increase road rage incidents...
If somebody’s tailgating me or talking on his cell, I let him pass me as soon as I can. It doesn’t take any time, and I avoid having to deal with an idiot.
Road Rage: Why We Lose It
Ummmm..., probably because a lot of people don’t have God’s spirit residing in them and they don’t have the “fruits of the Spirit” when they drive around... LOL...
I much prefer to look in my rear view mirror at the person reading my “Anti-Obamunist on Board / One Big A$$ Mistake America” sticker or the soon to be displayed “Obamunism / The Fatal Cure for Bush Derangement Syndrome” sticker. I crack up looking at them trying to figure it all out.
They are both Bright Yellow with Red Lettering just to make sure nobody misses them.
You have to have fun wherever you can find it.
I simply cannot believe all of the truly stupid drivers in the NYC metro area. I’ve not seen people more slow, timid, and just plain stupid. Add to that the clowns who feel the need to either look at their phone while it’s up to their ear, or even text on the damn thing, and it’s a miracle that there aren’t more accidents every day.
That is basically how most of feel!!!!!
I feel there are only two kinds of drivers on our roads:
First, those that think no one else should be on the road but them;
And the other is the driver that does not know anyone else is on the road but him!
I have a Prius driving, Bush hating, Obama loving Brother In Law, so nothing surprises me anymore.
Dean Martin, A.K.A. Matt Helm, had something like that on his T Bird as I recall.
Having just moved to Arizona I’m impressed by how much better the drivers are here than in South Florida. I want to say THANK YOU every time I see them signal. I had always wondered what those lights in the back were for - they don’t use them in SoFlo...
The road rage incidents that really bug me are the ones I call second-degree road rage. Someone does something stupid or dangerous in traffic and you indicate your disapproval by gesturing or honking your horn and that sets them off. They're the ones who messed up to start with!
I point this out because it has made me much more careful in traffic since I know I am defenseless if someone comes after me with a weapon.
I have a fifty year plus old felony on my record, and despite a “full and unconditional” pardon issued by the governor over 40 years, ago I am still stymied in getting a permit to have a weapon. I also can't get permission to work in the school system or around children. The purpose of the pardon was to clear my record and restore my rights but the legislature has passed numerous laws that in effect negate the governor's power to issue a pardon. Several times I have an attorney tell me this would be a piece of cake and they will take care of it for two or three grand or more. I don't have that kind of money so I've just resolved myself to go through life with it.
I just want to drive the speed limit, but for the guy driving 5-10 mph below the limit in the left lane while chatting on the phone (and gesturing with the other hand...meaning he's driving with his knees).
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