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Road Rage: Why We Lose It
livescience ^

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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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: roadrage

1 posted on 06/21/2009 4:40:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I never lost my road rage! Now get out of my way!


2 posted on 06/21/2009 4:43:50 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! FairTaxNation.com)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


3 posted on 06/21/2009 4:48:26 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh

I understand your point, but the amount of self absorbed inattentive morons on the road today can push anyone over the edge


4 posted on 06/21/2009 4:50:00 PM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


5 posted on 06/21/2009 4:51:39 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Man50D

Everyone who drives slower than me is an idiot.

Everyone who drives faster than me is a MANIAC!


6 posted on 06/21/2009 4:55:06 PM PDT by RangerM (Gotz-ta git me sum of them internets!)
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To: mysterio
I have long felt there needs to be a universal hand signal for “Oops!” or “My bad!”. Everyone knows the finger signal for “Up yours”, but once in a blue moon I really mess up and cut someone off or whatever and really do need to say “Oops!”

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!

7 posted on 06/21/2009 4:58:50 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


8 posted on 06/21/2009 5:00:03 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: RangerM

We think alike.


9 posted on 06/21/2009 5:00:27 PM PDT by BipolarBob (It takes a Kenyan village to raise a US president.)
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To: mysterio

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.


10 posted on 06/21/2009 5:01:10 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: JoeProBono
"Watch out particularly for wide-faced men, known to be more aggressive than others."

...until the wide face is fractured by the fist of a narrow-faced man with fighting experience.


11 posted on 06/21/2009 5:01:59 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: jwparkerjr

I have a bright yellow car, lol.


12 posted on 06/21/2009 5:05:17 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: rockrr
What’s the sign for “sorry”?


13 posted on 06/21/2009 5:05:44 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: mysterio
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.

Oh, so that was YOU!

(lol)

14 posted on 06/21/2009 5:05:47 PM PDT by SIDENET ("Join me or die. Can you do any less?" -Mr. Sparkle)
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To: rockrr

The sign for “sorry” a polite wave and then getting the heck out of the way and not making any eye contact.


15 posted on 06/21/2009 5:06:01 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: JoeProBono
Watch out particularly for wide-faced men, known to be more aggressive than others.

They lost me when they lapsed into Phrenology.

16 posted on 06/21/2009 5:07:21 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nmh

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....


17 posted on 06/21/2009 5:07:54 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: 5Madman2

>>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.


18 posted on 06/21/2009 5:09:37 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Question O-thority!)
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To: martin_fierro

19 posted on 06/21/2009 5:09:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Then there must be a lot of sorry drivers in my community because I get that every day!


20 posted on 06/21/2009 5:14:05 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: nmh
"Road rage happens because [people] have NO SELF CONTROL!<

I agree with that 100%. Self-control and self-restraint are no longer virtues that modern Americans seem to value anymore.

21 posted on 06/21/2009 5:14:50 PM PDT by VR-21 (The election of Barack Obama was a hate crime.)
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To: JoeProBono

22 posted on 06/21/2009 5:17:32 PM PDT by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
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To: VR-21

23 posted on 06/21/2009 5:19:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: jwparkerjr

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.


24 posted on 06/21/2009 5:22:51 PM PDT by wintertime (People are not stupid! Good ideas win!)
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To: jwparkerjr

Animated driving LED emoticon:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/car/aa16/

25 posted on 06/21/2009 5:34:37 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Oh, pipe down, Cecilia!)
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To: wintertime
I handle this with a couple of really short taps. Actually the horn on my Scion is such a pantywaist instrument that it's really hard for me to express much less than a weak “excuse me” effect. I hate it when the buy behind me lays on his big, ballsy horn and the driver in front of me assumes it's me that's making all the noise.
26 posted on 06/21/2009 5:40:55 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: jwparkerjr
I have long felt there needs to be a universal hand signal for “Oops!” or “My bad!”.

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.

27 posted on 06/21/2009 5:43:13 PM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: LongElegantLegs
I had an idea for something like this once. It would be a 16 or 32 or whatever character LED display for the back window that would let you put messages up for the cars behind you. Silly me, I figured people wouldn't want to take the time to type in messages a character at a time. Of course it would have a number of pre-programmed messages too, but the little keyboard would let you type in the message of your choice. I thought, who is going to spend time typing a message on a little bitty keyboard. Then I saw my grandson's cell phone bill for last month and realized that once again I had underestimated the American people!
28 posted on 06/21/2009 5:44:09 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: jwparkerjr

I think it would be useful, but it might actually increase road rage incidents...


29 posted on 06/21/2009 5:49:21 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Oh, pipe down, Cecilia!)
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To: LongElegantLegs
I intend for it to be used properly. Surely, no one would take something I designed for good and use it for evil. </sarc>
30 posted on 06/21/2009 5:59:19 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: jwparkerjr

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.


31 posted on 06/21/2009 6:06:50 PM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: JoeProBono

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...


32 posted on 06/21/2009 6:06:55 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: JoeProBono
A new Mercedes with an Obama sticker on it does it for me.

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.

33 posted on 06/21/2009 6:08:25 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (One Man's Messiah is another Man's Fuhrer...)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


34 posted on 06/21/2009 6:09:44 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: Kickass Conservative

35 posted on 06/21/2009 6:12:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: RangerM

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!


36 posted on 06/21/2009 6:21:08 PM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonyous)
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To: JoeProBono
I would have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard if I was behind that idiot. I would make a point of getting in front of him when we hit the next Red Light. LOL

I have a Prius driving, Bush hating, Obama loving Brother In Law, so nothing surprises me anymore.

37 posted on 06/21/2009 6:30:02 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (One Man's Messiah is another Man's Fuhrer...)
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To: jwparkerjr

Dean Martin, A.K.A. Matt Helm, had something like that on his T Bird as I recall.


38 posted on 06/21/2009 6:32:14 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (One Man's Messiah is another Man's Fuhrer...)
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To: JoeProBono
Living here in Colorado, we are bleesed to have a speed limit of 75 mph. However, a lot of people here don't know the left lane is suppose to be for passing, not to sit in.

A rhetorical question, a lot of people who dawdle in the left lane, I wonder what percentage are from California ? I was out in the bay area earlier this month and the people there drive the same way. You have to pass on the right to get arround these Luddites. But yet, I travel to Indiana/Ohio/Illinois even with the lower speed limits, drivers there practive a lot better lane discipline than here.

People sitting in the left lane is a big peeve of mine. BTW, June is Lane Courtesy Month.
39 posted on 06/21/2009 6:46:55 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: JoeProBono

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...


40 posted on 06/21/2009 6:50:04 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Morgana
Everyone is entitled to lose it once in a while! I know it's not proper and we feel ever so badly afterward, but sometimes it just takes you by surprise. At least that's how I get into it when I should know better.

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.

42 posted on 06/21/2009 8:51:09 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: 5Madman2
self absorbed inattentive morons

Bingo!!!

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).

43 posted on 06/22/2009 8:15:33 AM PDT by Fredgoblu
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