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BUMPER STICKERS LINKED TO ROAD RAGE DRIVERS
ncpa.org ^ | June 25, 2008

Posted on 06/25/2008 9:29:52 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch

Drivers who sport bumper and window stickers on their vehicles are more prone to road rage, say researchers at Colorado University.

The researchers have released a new study which discovered that motorists with personalized items on a vehicle are more likely to be aggressive drivers. Assessing the behavior of 500 drivers, they found that in the face of provocations such as being stuck in traffic, owners of cars covered with stickers and trinkets -- known as territory markers -- were more likely to act on their anger by flashing lights, tailgating and blocking other drivers.

Other major findings:

Drivers with at least one marker in or on their car were 15 percent more likely to retaliate when they felt their territory had been threatened. The more markers a car has, the more aggressively the person tends to drive when provoked. The specific content of the stickers -- be it "Grumpy old Git or "Baby on Board" -- did not make a difference in how aggressive the driver was. Drivers who do not personalize their cars get angry, too, but they do not act out their anger; instead, they fume and mentally call the other driver rude names, but then move on. Another study, from the University of Maryland, has discovered that people who get upset while driving also get worked up at children's sporting events. Researchers said an "ego defensiveness" comes into play, which is common to both road rage and touchline rage.

Source: Vikki Miller, Bumper Stickers Linked to Road Rage Drivers," The Telegraph, June 26, 2003.

For text:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/2168789/Bumper-stickers-linked-to-road-rage-drivers.html

For more on Social Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=28


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anger; bumperstickers; psychology; roadrage

1 posted on 06/25/2008 9:29:52 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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2 posted on 06/25/2008 9:34:18 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Last year I planted a cherry tree in my front yard, this year 3 of my neighbors had babies. Therefor, planting cherry trees cause pregnancy.
3 posted on 06/25/2008 9:34:32 AM PDT by txroadkill (Liberals believe that the only oppressed people in Cuba are the terrorist in GitMo)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Well, I would believe it. People who plaster their car with “save the whales”, “Impeach Bush”, “Bush lied”, and what not, tend to be very self righteous and feel a moral superiority about their views. And the most agressive of those in their views will be aggressive in other ways such as road rage. They think they are superior and that nobody else on the road should get in their way.

That reminds me of how Gov. Corzine of New Jersey was badly injured as his car was speeding down the expressway on his way to a seminar about the Don Imus “nappy headed hoes” controversy. He was in a big hurry so he could weigh in on that issue. As governor of New Jersey, there were no other problems that he had to deal with that were more important that weighing in about Don Imus that day.


4 posted on 06/25/2008 9:34:44 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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5 posted on 06/25/2008 9:36:46 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
The more markers a car has, the more aggressively the person tends to drive when provoked.

The more stickers a car has, the more I want to see who's driving, espcially if it's still got a Kerry Edwards sticker on it.

6 posted on 06/25/2008 9:37:12 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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7 posted on 06/25/2008 9:37:19 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Tom Manion '08-My only reason for voting this year)
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8 posted on 06/25/2008 9:37:36 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: txroadkill

Disagree, some one with lots of stickers obviously wants to “get in your face” and seeks it out via all those bumper tickers. So there is a cause and effect here.


9 posted on 06/25/2008 9:38:43 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: I see my hands

My favorite years ago:”I speed up for small game”


10 posted on 06/25/2008 9:40:21 AM PDT by Aut Pax Aut Bellum (I haven't voted "for"anybody since Ronald Reagan, just have voted against...)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I swear Volkswagons are manufactured with Greenpeace bumper stickers.


11 posted on 06/25/2008 9:40:31 AM PDT by Lets Roll NOW
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To: InvisibleChurch

Wasn’t it Savage who said “one bumper sticker means you are passionate; two bumper stickers means you are an activist; three means you have a mental condition.”?


12 posted on 06/25/2008 9:40:45 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: InvisibleChurch
Yesterday, I came behind a vehicle where the driver had stuck individual letters across the trunk that spelled “I Brake for Tailgaiters.” This idiot was driving 20 miles an hour down a 35 mile-per-hour speed zone (I stayed back BTW). Something tells me this dude CRAVES confrontation.

I have never had anything so profound to say that I felt the need to stick it on my car.

13 posted on 06/25/2008 9:43:53 AM PDT by Magnatron
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To: InvisibleChurch

Do license plate holders count? Saw this on one recently:

“GET IN, SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!!!”


14 posted on 06/25/2008 9:45:22 AM PDT by 444Flyer (Marriage=One man+One woman! Vote to amend the California State Constitution this November.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
... stickers and trinkets -- known as territory markers -- ...

Aw, man! Whatever happened to the good ol' days when you just peed on all four tires and then went peaceably about your day?

15 posted on 06/25/2008 9:46:12 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid ... even by congressional standards.)
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16 posted on 06/25/2008 9:48:45 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot Back.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

HONK If You're Impatient


17 posted on 06/25/2008 9:49:22 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Vote For McCain But Trust In The Lord.)
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To: GSWarrior
Oh dear--looks like I have a mental condition, according to Savage. (Just for the record, I have thought for a long time that Savage has a mental condition.)

I have 4 things attached to my car by magnets: A Second Amendment Sister sign on each front door, and two "Self defense is a basic human right" bumper stickers on the back--one on each side of the trunk door.

In over 50 years of driving, I've never been involved in a wreck, and I have gotten a total of 3 traffic tickets--all for speeding a bit above the speed limit (the last 2 in the same speed trap near Alexandria LA.)

Gee, I been missing out on experiencing this road rage stuff these people are talking about.

18 posted on 06/25/2008 9:49:22 AM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment-buy another gun today!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
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Probably not good advice...
19 posted on 06/25/2008 9:51:00 AM PDT by JamesP81 (George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a suggestion)
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To: InvisibleChurch

have you ever noticed that people don’t honk or mess with you as much if they see an NRA sticker on your car?


20 posted on 06/25/2008 9:51:57 AM PDT by hoagy62 (No surrender, no retreat, no quarter, no compromise...no kidding!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I have a Vietnam Service Ribbon decal on my car so I have to drive more carefully.


21 posted on 06/25/2008 9:54:00 AM PDT by onedoug
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22 posted on 06/25/2008 9:54:03 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: basil

You are a ticking time bomb! ;}


23 posted on 06/25/2008 9:54:15 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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24 posted on 06/25/2008 9:54:54 AM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: onedoug

During the 2004 election, I had several anti-Kerry stickers on my car, plus a Freedom is not free sticker on the window. Some young girl tried to run me off the freeway four times before I called 911 and let her see me doing it. I never did get he license number because I was too busy trying to stay on the road.


25 posted on 06/25/2008 9:57:00 AM PDT by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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26 posted on 06/25/2008 9:57:30 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Back in 2004, whenever I would see a Kerry bumper sticker I would try to get a look at the driver.

I can honestly say that 90% of the time it was a sour pussed older lady with a butch hair cut, a young nerdy student, or a goth freak with face piercings.

It was almost a given that it would be one of those three so I would check my theory every chance I got and laugh like crazy when it proved to be accurate.

Lots of Kerry fans wondered what I was laughing at I'm sure. Screw em if they can't handle being a joke.

27 posted on 06/25/2008 9:57:41 AM PDT by libs_kma (The land of the free, because of the brave)
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To: txroadkill

The phrase “linked to” doesn’t necessarily imply causation, it implies correlation, which is a fact.

If people who had a newborn in the last year tended also to have a cherry tree in the yard this would also imply an association, but not necessarily causation.

Some third factor in each case is where the causation lies (i.e. tendency to emote forcefully in the bumper sticker case).


28 posted on 06/25/2008 10:00:42 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Wonder if the study included drivers that sported this bumper sticker on their cars a few years ago. They were definitely the targets of aggression.


29 posted on 06/25/2008 10:01:27 AM PDT by Textide
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To: Doctor Raoul
I actually saw a McCain bumper sticker on a car the other day. Couldn't see who was driving.

I've seen some RAT versions of this I slightly altered.

Bet that would tick them off once they got close enough to read the fine print. :)

30 posted on 06/25/2008 10:02:50 AM PDT by McGruff (This is not the [insert name here] I knew.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Thus proving the moonbats are an angry bunch...

Cars like this dominate Boston neighborhoods and suburbs like Brookline, Cambridge, Wellesley, Newton, Weston in MA

A citizen is suspect in my neighborhood if the car isn't covered in crappola. My car is bumper sticker free.

Howie Carr, WRKO features a moonbat mobile each week on his Web site: www.howiecarr.com

31 posted on 06/25/2008 10:04:37 AM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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32 posted on 06/25/2008 10:09:23 AM PDT by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: xtinct

Jeez, they must have relatives over here in Moscow Idaho.. LOL

I’ve seen vehicles with the same stickers...


33 posted on 06/25/2008 10:28:39 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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Understand that the moonbats who can no longer afford to live in Taxachusetts are heading for the wilds of New Hampshire, Iowa, Minnesotta, Idaho, etc.

Good folks out in the Midwest need to hang on to their wallets. Moonbats don't believe in private property rights.

34 posted on 06/25/2008 10:31:46 AM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
For the front bumber:


35 posted on 06/25/2008 10:40:59 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: xtinct

Tons of them head up from California, they bring their socialist thinking with them, they’ve really screwed up Coure’de’laine Idaho.. after they csrew up the Northern States for a while, plenty of them move on the BC Canada.. we have plenty of them up here in BC.


36 posted on 06/25/2008 10:47:44 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: Eva

I’m figuring on getting that reaction when I get my anti-Obama bumper stickers. However, being in NV, it shouldn’t be nearly as dangerous as in CA.


37 posted on 06/25/2008 11:09:58 AM PDT by ninergold3 (Don't like my attitude? Then get one of your own!)
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To: onedoug

I live in a small town and have a window decal with the name of my church on it. Have to drive nicely - not always easy!


38 posted on 06/25/2008 11:11:40 AM PDT by ninergold3 (Don't like my attitude? Then get one of your own!)
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To: xtinct
"moonbats"

It is a given that whenever I see a car from a distance plastered with decals, they will have many of the stickers or similar to the ones in the picture. Never fails.

39 posted on 06/25/2008 11:35:14 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Eva
While no one ever got that violent with me, I did have two (on November 4, 2004 to be exact.) See, I had one of those oval W'04 stickers on the rear window of my car at the time (a beastly dark maroon Ford Explorer.)

One driver in an Audi overtook me on the highway, cut me off, then shot me the finger in his rear view mirror and mouthed something. He had a Kerry Edwards sticker, of course.

Later that afternoon, an older woman this time, honked to get my attention while waiting at a light and when I rolled down my window, let loose with a volley of expletives and insinuations about my affiliation with various neo nazi groups. She became even more insistent when I rolled the window back up and flashed her the three fingered "W" sign. She had a number of "Bush Lied, People Died" and similar stickers plastered on her car.< p> Angry people, I tell you.

40 posted on 06/25/2008 11:50:14 AM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: GSWarrior

LOL! Better look out for me!


41 posted on 06/25/2008 12:31:02 PM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment-buy another gun today!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

2 the top


42 posted on 06/25/2008 4:29:51 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (H2OLY: The chemical formula for holy water.)
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