Road Rage1 Essay

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Road Rage1



Road rage, what is road rage? Road rage or aggressive driving is when a driver is in
danger of being injured or killed over a traffic dispute by another driver (Vest 24).
People will show how anger and frustrated they are by giving people the finger, slowing
down in front of people, cutting off other drivers, many other things, and who knows what
they'll do if they pull off the road to continue a fight with another driver. When some
people drive it's like they have a second personality, they'll do anything to get where
they're going the fastest if that means killing someone some will. Aggressive drivers
have killed 12,610 and injured more than 20 million people (Vest 25). Road rage is a big
problem all over the world and some how needs to be stopped.

Aggressive drivers cause many crashes, hurt many people, and cause a big problem. Almost
90% of British drivers have been threatened or abused by other drivers even though British
drivers are called the safest in Europe. About 21% of Britain drivers who drive for a
living have been run off the road. A study in Australia shows that about half of the
traffic accidents are caused by road rage (Vest 29). Two-thirds of 1996's auto deaths
involved aggressive driving (NHTSA, Glazer 651). About two hundred and fifty thousand
people were injured in traffic since 1990 (AAA, Vest 25). Since 1990 about thirteen
thousand people were injured or killed by aggressive driving, but these are the only ones
in police reports and newspaper clippings. The real numbers of these crimes are probably
very much higher (AAA, Levine 92). More than twenty million people were injured in
traffic and twelve thousand six hundred and ten were related to aggressive driving (AAA,
Vest 25). For all the crashes in any one year 6-7% of the nation's drivers are
responsible for them (Patrica Waller, Glazer 65).



YEAR THE # of ROAD RAGE INCIDENTS
1990 1129
1991 1297
1992 1478
1993 1555
1994 1669
1995 1708
1996 1800 predicted
(Morse 4)

In the first half of the decade road rage is up 51% (AAA, Ferguson 64). One of the
reasons it is going up is because more people driving aggressively. 64% of people have
said they are driving less courtesy and more dangerous than five years ago (Coalition for
Consumer Health and Safety Poll, Ferguson 64). People will use many things to show their
rage. 37% of them will use firearms, 28% will use some other kind of weapon, and 35% will
use their car as their weapon (AAA, Vest 24-25). In some cities it is much worse than
others are. In one study Americans are showed to be more likely to be killed by a car
while walking than by a stranger with a gun (Completion of Environment and Pedatrial/
Cycling groups, Glazer 651). A big problem with aggressive drivers is that you don't know
how far that they're willing to go to prove their point, get their way, or pay you back
for what you did or what they thought you did.

Road rage is a terrible thing. It is the cause of many bade things. Researchers believe
there is an increase of aggressive driving when a driver reacts angrily to other drivers
(Vest 25). That means there are more and more people driving aggressively each day, week,
month, and year. In the past twenty years the number of fatal traffic accidents with
women drivers is up 18%. Women are also involved in a higher rate of nonfatal accidents
than men are (Morse 2). Young women drivers paid about 46% above the base adult rate for
auto insurance twenty years ago, while young men drivers paid about 187% above the base
rate. Now day's young male drivers pay about 185% above the base rates, and now women pay
115% above the base rate. But these rates will decline in time for them (Morse 2). Some
of the effects of road rage are that it makes a lot of people very mad. When people get
cut off, given the finger, tailgated, or beeped at it doesn't make people very happy.
It's been getting so bad that in some neighborhoods many parents won't let their children
walk or bike to school because of dangerous drivers (Glazer 651). In some places, only a
few years ago, people were afraid to enter downtown at night (Glazer 651). Communities
have been ruined to move cars faster. Some think that designs guided by the standards
have made deserted downtown's and residential neighborhoods where crime is great because
pedestrians needs have been ignored in favor of roads that are too wide, too fast, and
encourage speeding (Blumenaner, Glazer 658-659). Some cities have lost their communities
and neighborhoods because of motor vehicles (Wilkison, Glazer 651). That shows that a lot
of people are effected by road rage.

The reason road rage is such a big problem is that many things cause it. There are
different types of aggressive drivers out there. One of them is the Speeder, who's trying
to make good time. The Passive/Aggressor resist yielding to other drivers with a "try and
make me" attitude (Dr. Larson, Levine 114). An aggressive driver can be anyone who is too
stressed out and will snap. Personal frustration, anger, and testosterone are the most
dangerous drugs on the highway (AAA, Levin 92). Now there are more kinds of road users
out there. Streets were made for many drivers but accommodate a variety of driver groups
with different skills, acuity, and emotional control. And, now it isn't just one sex
driving aggressively (Ferguson 67). Another reason for more road rage is that women are
becoming more of aggressive drivers. But men are still more likely to be involved in road
rage accidents than women are (Morse 2). The reason for some peoples behavior is that
they're running late and something happen that makes them mad (Glazer 655). Some people
will do anything so never underestimate other drivers. Two thirds of drivers have reacted
to frustrating situations aggressively. Almost half have deliberately braked suddenly,
pulled close to another car, or done some other dangerous thing. The other one third have
retaliated with a hostile gesture (Vest 28). It's like if you raise a middle finger
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