Road Rage: Are we Just Accepting it as a Part of Life?

Road Rage

Road Rage, A Daily Occurrence

On April 3, 2016 in Sacramento, California two road rage incidents occurred virtually at the same time according to The Sacramento Bee. One incident took place on Interstate 80 and the other took place at a local drive-thru. Both involved shootings that resulted in injury. The article went on to recap three other road rage incidents that had taken place in the Sacramento area within the last year.

This leads me to pose the question; Has road rage just become a part of everyday life? The answer, unfortunately, seems to be yes. 

Road Rage is On the Rise

Fatal accidents caused by enraged drivers has increased nearly 10 fold since 2004 according to The National Traffic Safety Administration. In 2004, police attributed 26 fatal crashes on our nation’s highways to road rage or aggression. In 2013, the number increased to 247. 

Official Road Rage Guide at the DMV

It is pretty telling that road rage is here to stay when the Department of Motor Vehicles officially recognizes and provides a guide about road rage. 

On their website, the DMV provides suggestions on “how to deal with it”:

  • Back off from aggressive drivers (i.e pull over and let them pass)
  • Know your own driving style (i.e. do you drive too slowly or too aggressively?)
  • Do not be an instigator (i.e. don’t tailgate)
  • Maintain defensive driving skills (i.e. be alert in case someone doesn’t use their turn signals, looks like they are texting or not paying attention)

I would be surprised if there is a driver out there today who hasn’t been a target of some kind of road rage or felt it themselves. I, for one, have experienced road rage either toward my driving or I toward other drivers. Fortunately, it never escalated to violence. When another driver has shown anger toward me it has only resulted in accelerated heartbeat and a palpable fear until I was safely parked in my garage. When I have felt anger toward another driver, it was usually because I was already in a bad mood, or harboring negative feelings about something that happened earlier that day. We must remember that not all driving is aimed at us personally. We as drivers must be aware that there are good choices and bad choices when confronted with road rage. Anger on our highways does not have to end in violence. We must all learn how to control anger.

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If you are looking to learn more about road rage contact Author Timothy A. Dimoff at [email protected] He will sign and ship it to you or you can come by his Akron, Ohio office  between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday to obtain the book! The cost is $20 plus shipping and handling.

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