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Autor /Kajetan Dodano /11.11.2011

Aggressive driving, popularly called “Road rage” is a new arrival on the public agenda, but its roots parallel the invention of the automobile.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that one third of 3 mln. Injury crashes can be referred directly to aggressive driving. The majority of perpetrators are males between the age of 18 and 26.

Most Roadragers are relatively young, poorly educated males with criminal past, histories of violence, and drug or alcohol problems, and many have recently gone through emotional or professional setback. Approximately 4% aggressive drivers are female.

According to the American Automobile Association, they’ve been increasing by 7% per year since 1990. An Australian study estimates that about half of all traffic accidents in Australia may be due to Road rage.

The incidents that trigger a Mad Max syndrome in the average driver are usually simple matters of discourtesy- for example: loud music

over-use of the horn


changing the lanes without signalling

These, of course, are usually just the trigger points. The actual causes can be traced back to all forms of stress, from being called into the boss’s office for a friendly "chat", to having just been dumped by your boyfriend.

As for avoiding the Mad Max syndrome, here are a few tips from Dr Ricardo Martinez, to help you avoid road rage:

don’t take traffic problems personally

avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver

don’t make obscene gestures

don’t tailgate

use your horn sparingly

don’t block the passing lane

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