Rage

 

Rage, Road rage, I am sure we have all experienced it, in different places, in different times too.. It often seems to be a by product of the place you are living it, the overall circumstances of life many people are facing, and their personal reactions to it.. these days even many women are starting to manifest it as well.
 
“Road rage (also road violence) is the informal name for deliberately dangerous and/or violent behavior under the influence of heightened, violent emotion such as anger and frustration, involving an automobile in use.  ”
 
Some persons try to attribute the rise in rage incidents to the recession, high costs of living, the social and economic frustration, family- home problems.
 
I could not help but notice that in one city road rages was prevalent starting Thursday night, the congested night many people get paid, go grocery shopping, or go to the taverns, pubs, bars.. drinking alcohol clearly makes some persons more aggressive.. a serious reason they should not drive after drinking alcohol..
 
 “Rage”, “Road rage” is  dangerous and can cost people their lives!! Do not hesitate to call the police when you see it..
 
“One study estimates that more than half of all drivers have experienced a surge of road rage at some point, although not all bang into the offender’s rear bumper, pull a pistol, or hurl a helpless puppy into oncoming traffic. Still, tens of thousands of accidents happen each year because of aggressive driving, which is also a leading cause of death for young children. There are far more people on the road than ever before. Crowding causes aggression.   Road ragers don’t think about the consequences or even about other people on the road as real people with real families.””Road ragers are selfish, power hungry, angry, and vindictive,”  “the rager may be violent in other parts of his or her life, for instance at home or with a family. Or the tension of the commute may make domestic violence worse.” I had also noticed for deacdes  in one person’s life specifially a fight with his wife  would clearly produce road rage driving behavior..
 
Specifically “What Causes Road Rage??
 
Many things can cause road rage. Even trivial and unintentional moves can lead to an act of behind-the-wheel violence. All drivers have their own “driving personality” when they drive. Everyone expresses how they feel or act in society by their driving abilities. If someone has a lot of self-confidence and is concerned with the well being of other, then these qualities will show through their safe driving techniques.  

There are many different attitudes that drivers can portray while driving.

One attitude that drivers depict is carelessness. More accidents are caused by careless drivers than anyone else. These irresponsible drivers are often not watching or paying attention to their surroundings, making dumb mistakes that could easily make someone upset. Just by not signaling when making a lane change could make another driver so angry that they want to retaliate against the careless driver which can end up with someone getting hurt.

Another attitude drivers portray is recklessness. Many reckless drivers are often teenagers; they haven’t had their license that long so they don’t know how to make the right decisions when it comes to driving. When people act reckless, they feel as if they can do anything and they won’t get caught. If a driver is driving dangerously, this not only endangers the reckless driver, it puts all the other drivers at risk, which could then lead to road rage.

Another attitude that drivers tend to have is temper. More than 80% of drivers are angry all or most of the time while driving. When people get angry, they lose their sense of judgment and values and let their instincts take control. This is especially bad while driving under tense situations. The tempered driver becomes upset over the littlest driving mistake made by another driver. They then react against that driver in an aggressive way, leading to a more harsh situation.

An Australian study estimates that about half of all traffic accidents in Australia may be due to road rage and most of the others related to alcohol, impaired driving and yet the police falsely tend to pursue revenue generating speeding traffic tickets still and why?  
Road rage is a relatively serious act; it can  be seen as a violation of human and property rights , an endangerment of  other’s personal well being, security.   

 

If all drivers would be aware of their attitudes, than there might be less cases of road rage. 

Another reason why road rage may occur is because of race. It might be hard to believe, but an average of 38 road rage incidents each year are a result of a racist hate. These incidents start the same way other aggressive driving incidents, but after a little while of arguing, there is an exchange of racial comments which it then turns into a racial-road-rage dispute. These disputes are usually instigated by groups of males that are “looking for trouble.” 
   
Another factor to road rage is the environment. One example of environmental caused road rage is noise. Noise can influence the intensity of aggression in a driver. Some music that people listen to can match their feelings that can cause them to become violent. While listening to music for some people can be soothing, this can be dangerous because it prevents some people to give less attention to the road and how they are driving. Noise can also come from outside the car; from another driver’s car. If noise can not be controlled, this can produce stress, and can make concentration more difficult for the driver.  

Another environmental factor that can cause road rage is temperature. Temperature is something a driver can’t control so when it gets too cold or hot, the driver can become more agitated. It is proven, that people driving in hotter conditions become more violent easier than the people driving in cooler weather.

Overcrowding can also cause road rage. This is also something that drivers can not control. Drivers just want to go home and they don’t need thousands of other cars in their way, so they may become violent and commit an act of road rage. 

Another factor of road rage is territory. To many drivers, their cars are their second most valuable possession, so they want to protect it. And if anyone gets in their way of hurting their car, they will react in a violent manner. 
   
Another cause of road rage is the drivers’ ego. Many drivers feel like they are ranked on how well they driver. This then causes some drivers to act more superior to other drivers because they feel as if it is their right to be the most important on on the road. Drivers that act this way cause hostility between them and the other drivers. Some people feel that driving improves their self-esteem, which leads them to think that they can take more risks than others and that they can criticize or harass inferior drivers. Many drivers with big egos believe that nothing bad can happen to them, until something does.
 
Another cause of road rage is selfishness shown by drivers. These drivers just aren’t courteous of others and only care about what they’re doing and how they’re going to get there. Many of these drivers don’t obey the rules of the road which can lead to trouble.
 
Self control and anger management should be taught in every high school. “There are alternative options and ways of releasing anger. Anger management is both educational and therapeutic and there would be next a lot less road rage and domestic violence.”
 
Clearly some persons have not yet  developed  an  ability to handle or deflect anger, depression, setbacks, for they have not learned, have basically not matured in  how to properly relive tension, stress, How to separate the wheat from the chaff, to know what feelings should be discarded, and those that should be acted upon… and are merely reacting in a spoiled, childish, carnal behavior.. Calling the police, the fear of the law also, having PROPER LAW ENFORCEMENT can help here too… while bad law enforcement will rather escalate  the tension, violence, road rage.
 Furthermore always do Get sufficient rest — for the lack of sleep leads to a loss of self control, even to poor health. Also do eat properly, at regular times, hunger can increase our personal anxiety.  Take well deserved breaks, Play and Listen to soothing, relaxing music. This can really help. Seriously always do still Limit alcohol — “Alcohol likely will make you rageful,” and seriously impair your driving. And make a serious effort  to also leave earlier for all of your destinations and  give yourself adequate time TO DO SO, so you will not have to speed, drive dangerously . “Have a positive attitude and enjoy the drive,” Don’t return gestures, overlook the negatives where possible. .
 
Help yourself to Make all of your road trips Heavenly not Hellish.
 
 
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Now we know that more people have accident due to impaired driving, driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol and we still do need to review how much time and resources do the police deal with that firstly? 
 
More drunk drivers,  motorists are hitting the sauce before hitting the road this holiday season too. About 1 percent of  the drivers stopped are charged  with impaired driving offences during the generally only one month long  Police province wide drunk drivers check stop campaigns . Sadly there are plenty more drivers who often still do drank like fish  get away during the rest of the year due to the limited number of police officers participating in check stops the rest of the year. We do thus know that very few of the actual people who are impaired and on the roads are caught by police. “The average person who is prepared to drive while impaired will do it about 80 times a year, repeat offenders causing the most problems.” “Drunk drivers are still; not  getting the message, quite frankly, “The average blood-alcohol reading of those charged was .165, twice the legal limit of .08. The highest reading was .25, more than three times the limit, ” The drivers range between 19 and 59 years old. The average age is 35 but a dozen are over 40. (Older drivers) too seem to be more set in their habits and  risk-takers also tend to be   resistant to all education campaigns,” And during the same period over generally ten times more people now are being charged with failing to to wear seatbelts and Highway Traffic Act offences over impaired driving, even though it is drunk drivers,  that causes many of the accidents?  All now still Unsatisfactory.
  
In 2006, 232 Ontarians were killed in traffic accidents in which alcohol was a factor.  “We’ve had an increased number of impaired driving fatalities in Ontario though we’re still seeing a downward trend in Ontario,” is still not enough policing here.
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About thenonconformer

I am a Canadian, retired and I do have an Engineering degree, from Concordia University , Montreal 1968, plus I had also now worked as a Re/Max Realtor in Calgary too.
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