An Aggressive or Angry Behavior in People while Driving in a Vehicle

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Road rage occurs in many drivers. The term road rage is an aggressive or angry behavior in people while driving in a vehicle. Furthermore, rage while driving can be dangerous if the drivers do not know how to control their anger. Such behavior leads to collisions, assaults, and injuries or even deaths among other drivers.

Road rage is defined as an incident in which an angry or impatient motorist or passenger intentionally injures or kills another motorist passenger or pedestrian, or attempts or threatens to injure another motorist passenger or pedestrian, explains Gary Ronald, Public Affairs Manager, AA. The problem here is that road rage is more often than not a result of external factors and situations rather than those arising on the
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Every day on the roads: people are speeding past; changing lanes with no signal; weaving dangerously across three and four lanes; passing too closely on either side of one’s car; speeding up to block you out; not allowing you to change lanes or go on or off the highway; or roaring up behind as if they might intentionally rear-end someone. There is no question that negligence is the main reason for car accidents. One case showing the devastation of how rage can end in death or injuries is when a 4 year old boy died from an incident his father had with a trucker. The trucker was trying to force the 4 year olds father from the road and cut in front of him, the father lost control and the boy is thrown out the car in California on February 13, 2012. There have been significantly more incidents like this.

How can you spot road rage? Nineteen percent (19%) will give crude hand gestures to others in vehicles, 34% will honk their horns at, 17% flash their lights, and 7% will resort to aggressive driving. Some even throw objects out windows to try and hit other vehicles. Feelings of the driver personally doing someone wrong and he/she feels like they need to get revenge is a bad sign that he/she is an aggressive driver. The emotional feeling overtakes people while in a vehicle is the top cause of accidents in driving. These were just some of the examples to spot road rage that are common in people. People do not have to act on their rage.

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