It starts with just a moment of tailgating, or maybe the guy in front of you cut you off or wouldn't let you into the fast lane. In some cases, it appears that incidents of road rage are caused by simple misunderstandings between drivers. A driver may make a momentary error of judgment but the perception of another driver is that he or she is driving aggressively. Then suddenly it turns into World War III on the highway. It matters little what causes it; a bad day at the office or a fight with the parents. All it takes is a sudden movement of someone else's wheels, and within seconds a normally mild mannered motorist is consumed with that red eyed anger that grabs more of us every day. Road Rage, something that has always simmered on the back burner of motoring America, is now going off like fireworks.
Father, mother, son, daughter, they all have their own ways of getting mad. Some slam on the brakes, jump out of their cars, open the trunks and grab anything that they get their hands on. Others use baseball bats, knives, mace, pepper spray, fists, or some simply pull out a pistol and start firing away. Why are these drivers turning their anger and frustrations into road rage and what solutions can we find to
Judges are issuing stiffer punishments to motorists who are convicted of offenses related to aggressive driving. Back when road rage was first brought to America's attention, "the drivers who would rip and snort their way through traffic, without regard for turn signals or leaving more than a few inches between cars, were mostly men, but the times have changed. We can attack and reduce the dangers of aggressive driving. But they still decided to wait to the last minute to get over. The government can help with road improvements and law enforcement, but solving this problem will require people to change their behavior. Working together, we can make our roads safer and prevent deaths and injuries. This type of driving makes motorists mad becausethey know that the driver that has just cut in front of them has seen the construction signs and were well aware of the lane closures. "You feel a whole lot safer yelling at someone when you are surrounded by 2,000 pounds of metal, says Athelia Gunderson of Tacoma, Washington, who admits to an occasional outburst during her daily 30-minute commute to her job at a roofing supply company," (Bowles and Overberg, USA TODAY). "Battles on Capitol Hill and crackdowns on the nation's highways will continue as officials target aggressive driving. The road construction on the major interstates adds to lane closures and distractions to motorists. It's not only men who are contributing to the road rage statistics; it's women too. stop this road rageSome say that one of the main causes of aggressive driving which usually leads to road rage is highway congestion. I could see his fist and he was cussing and obviously mouthing off. A motorist is driving the speed limit and then immediately has to slam on their brakes because another motorist sees the lane closures and decides to cut in front of them.