What Is Road Rage?
Road rage encompasses much more than just what
a dictionary can provide.
Road rage, also called
intermittent explosive disorder, is a term used to
refer to violent incidents resulting from stress caused
by
accidents or incidents on roadways. It is often
a natural extension of
aggressive driving.

Road rage frustration and aggression are not
caused by traffic, no matter how heavy.
Road rage
is a learned cultural habit of retaliation when you feel
like retaliating. It's a free choice we exercise. When
we are frustrated in heavy traffic we have a choice of
how we're going to respond.

Road rage in its simplest form occurs when a driver
reacts angrily to other drivers, cutting them off,
tailgating, gesturing or waving a fist. At its worst, the
angry driver may become more aggressive and try to
kill or injure another driver.

In all actuality,
road rage is an expression of an
underlying problem with a driver. That driver is not
able to remain in control of themselves and their
emotions. It isn’t the automobile or the other driver
that brings out the aggressive nature. It is inside the
person who, regardless of the setting fails to control
his or her temper and simply explodes.

Road rage can happen to anybody at anytime and
can vary from an aggressive gesture or word to a full
on physical attack, or in some cases, even murder.

Over the past few years, the so called "
road rage"
syndrome has developed and we hear an
increasing amount about it. However,
road rage is
nothing new; it has been around us for many a year,
probably since the beginning of road transport.  

Everybody is capable of showing
road rage, yes
even YOU! That’s why it’s so important to learn
defensive driving skills along with ways to
manage
any anger
that you might feel while operating a
motor vehicle.

On the road, behaviors that can trigger incidents of
road rage are many and varied. Some people may
just not like the way you look behind the wheel.

For additional information about road rage, please
click on the links below:

History of Road Rage

Road Rage and Aggressive Driving

Avoiding Road Rage

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