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How explosive are you?
Road Rage is a common occurrence throughout the world, not just in Britain. So much so, that it has become recognised by doctors under the medical category of intermittent explosive disorder.
The UK is considered to be the road rage capital of the world. According to recent statistics in a motoring magazine, a whopping 9 out of 10 of us answered ‘yes’ when asked if they have ever been on the other-end of another driver’s rage. On the other hand, the people who admitted to getting angry on the road themselves believe that the other driver “deserved” it, feeling the need to teach the other person a lesson in better driving.
Have you ever used your horn to vent your frustration with other drivers?
Some people use their horns as a means of giving their car a voice to shout with. Officially, the horn is there for safety reasons; to warn other drivers or pedestrians about a potential hazard. Often, though, it gets misused and ends up being used as an angry-driver-warning, especially in towns and cities. Because it’s a loud and abrasive sound, it’s often difficult to follow-up with a smile. People take offence to the horn if it’s aimed at them, and feel the need to justify their actions or their road presence. We’ve all been subject to a horn-war at some point in our driving lives, two cars argue until they go separate ways, often provoking other passing cars to ‘join in’ for the fun of it. It’s loud, and usually unnecessary.
If you find yourself getting a little ‘car-horn-happy’, just think of the boy who cried wolf. The horn can often save lives, and when used improperly it might cause people to become annoyed with sound, rather than be warned of a potential danger.
Do you make use of offensive hand-gestures to tell other drivers that they’ve annoyed you?
Also known as ‘the pedestrian’s horn’, one of the most common forms of road rage is offensive hand-gestures. It’s easy to do, and gets the point across quickly.
Because of it’s hostility, this rage-technique is often the leading cause of our next situation….
During road rage, have you ever gotten out of your vehicle to address the other driver?
The least common of all, when someone gets out the car to have it out with a fellow driver, you know their anger levels are up. Again, this is most likely to happen in towns and cities, where traffic is slower, more congested and there are more places to pull over. If you’re the victim to this kind of road rage, it can be very intimidating and often results in more upset than it was worth in the first place.