By T.K. MALHOTRA
ROAD rage has no definition It is rather a criminal act which
does not have its origin in traffic. Its an impulsive behaviour
of some human being who may indulge in aggression not necessarily
on road but anywhere else also. The intensity of their impulsive
attitude may vary from situation to situation depending upon
environment and other surrounding factors. Some scientists suggest
that road rage is more than just bad behaviour. Some define
the road rage as intermittent explosive disorder which involves
out of proportion multiple outbursts. It may involve throwing
or breaking objects and even physical assault.
witnessed a number of road rage incidents during the last two
months. Truly speaking road rage is a world-worrying problem
making headlines across the globe. In fact it is not a new problem.Road
rage was first noticed and put into print 40 years ago in England.
By using their common sense some people attribute traffic congestion
as the primary cause leading to acts of road rage. Some think
that speeding, tailgating, flashing head lights, yelling at
other drivers, jumping traffic lights, overtaking from wrong
side are the crucial factors that give rise to such ugly incidents.
A study undertaken by American Automobile Association (AAA)
some years ago revealed that 37 percent of road rage drivers
used fire arms against another driver, 28 percent used other
weapons, and 35 percent used their car as a weapon against another
driver with numbers continue to grow. Another study conducted
by a global market intelligence company Synovate over a period
of 12 months says that the behavior of motorists that troubled
people most included .sounding of horns 29%. . .flashing of
head lights 27%. . .aggressive behavior. 25% and .rude gesture.
sections of society maintain the view that not the traffic congestion
but longer commutes to and fro from the place of work, an overall
increase in the daily stress level and intricacies of living
in today.s world are also the factors leading to high volumes
of altercation. They think that people who easily scum to the
stress and pressures of every day life take out their aggressions
on the road. But as I perceive there is no formal profile of
a typical road rage driver. Gender, age, race and economics
do not factor into the road rage equation.
Arguments over a parking space, not letting another driver pass,
hitting the car from behind, showing the finger, deep eye level
contact, playing car stereo too loud, honking horn, driving
too slow, not giving dipper and tailgating can presumably the
vital annoying reasons to trigger violence. But should at all
such reasons invariably involve aggression and physical assaults?
I am of the firm opinion that such reasons no way justify indulgence
in violence. Of course, signs of anger may appear but situation
can be subdued and resolved by mutual respect between the two
motorists involved in trading rude gestures. There are studies
to confirm that hundreds of drivers-motorists who snapped and
committed violence are successful persons with no known history
of crime or abuse. It again strengthens the belief that acts
of violence involve people who easily scum to stress and pressures
of every day life and easily become impulsive to react sharply
in a mere situation of negligible nature. Mostly men in age
group of 18 and 30 are involved in acts of this kind.
allow your emotions to rule your driving behavior
choose freedom, excitement and pleasure over patience control
Do no use
rude gestures, body movements intentional or otherwise to avoid
provoking angry response from another driver.
realize your mistake, try to apologize with a friendly look
There is another effective method in conveying an apology. A
sign. it is indeed effective in warding off anger. Have a .Sorry.
sign with thick .arial rounded
bold. lettering in black with white background. If you have
accidentally done something wrong, raise the sign to convey
your apology to another motorist. Over 85 percent of so-called
road rages are likely to drop the matter if the other careless
driver simply apologizes. The sign pasted on a card board can
be easily kept under the Sun Visor, fastened with a clip.