Causes of Road Rage

Humor - General
By: bestmommy    
10-Nov-2010

Introduction:Driving is a priviledge and can also be a pleasure under the right circumstances. However, the pressures of our daily lives and keeping to our schedules can bring about stress on the roadways. Here are some common causes of road rage that many of us can relate to.

  • 01

    Unexplained Traffic Jams

    We all experience traffic jams periodically and might assume the cause to be either a broken down vehicle blocking the lanes or a multi-vehicle wreck causing the slowdown. However, when the traffic begins to breakup and we pick up speed and find no sign of a probable cause more frustration builds. With no one to blame for the slowdown we begin to accuse and hate everyone in the vehicles around us assuming they all just decided to slam on their brakes for "no good reason".

  • 02

    Other Drivers Texting or Talking on the Phone

    Although many states have outlawed talking and/or texting while driving it is still a common occurrence that causes great frustration for drivers. The talker or texter can be so distracted that they may drive well below the speed limit or drift in and out of lanes. Other drivers may try to pass them while flailing their arms around and making the "get off the phone" hand signal or tooting their horns in protest as they complain to the person they are talking to on THEIR cell phone about this "moron" that's not paying attention!

  • 03

    Kids Misbehaving In the Back Seat

    Anyone with children knows that an altercation between siblings can errupt at any minute. A calm peaceful parent can quickly turn into a stressed out driver ready to perform an illegal U-turn and head for home to punish the kids. It took my husband 19 years to get to Sea World because his Dad turned the car around when he and his brother misbehaved in the backseat in 1975. And you thought "turning the car around" was just an empty threat? HA!

  • 04

    Tailgating

    Tailgating can be another contributing factor of road rage. The person in front of you is driving slower than you'd like in the fast lane so you creep up on them from behind assuming they will realize that they should move over and let you pass. Do they really have no clue you are riding their bumper? Are they just antagonizing you as they speed up a bit and then slow down again and never move over? Would it help if you flashed your lights, tooted the horn, threw you cell phone at their rear window?

  • 05

    Slow Driver Leaves Signal on

    You're stuck behind someone driving slower than the speed limit with their turn signal on. They slow down at every intersection and you get your hopes up thinking that "finally" they will be turning and getting out of your way. This continues for several blocks while your frustration builds and you are comtemplating tossing them your GPS device so they can find what they are looking for FAST!




Final Thoughts

Whatever the reason for your road rage, try to stay calm while driving. If you find this impossible to do, pull over and have a fit safely on the side of the road where you won't be able to hurt anyone. Be prepared by bringing a pillow from home. Use it to scream into or punch repeatedly until you feel like a human again. WARNING: Roadside temper tantrums make cause rubber-necking which fuels the road rage of others.


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  • BonnieDossKnight 11/15/2010 Flag This Comment

    I never encountered road rage until moving to Nashville. It's a terrible thing! I was just rear-ended and must wonder if he had road rage the way he spoke to me in such an angry voice. Do hope someone listens to your advice.

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