Understanding the UK’s Road Rage Phenomenon
Understanding the UK’s Road Rage Phenomenon media portrayal of road rage incidents has given it an image as one of the most dangerous driving-related phenomena in our society. However, the reality is that, while there is a real risk, it’s not as bad as some may think.
Certainly, some drivers take things too far and a few high profile incidents in recent years have highlighted this. But it’s worth remembering that the vast majority of drivers are not aggressive and simply toot their horns to express frustration on the roads.
Even though a small number of people do go on to become violent, these are very much the exceptions and are often driven by other factors – such as domestic or friend on friend violence or mental health problems. There are also reports that suggest that those who engage in road rage have a higher rate of substance misuse.
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Despite this, it’s clear that anger and aggression can easily be triggered on the roads if there are specific triggers. For instance, some drivers are prone to experiencing what is known as a ‘puff of madness’. This is when they have no idea why they are acting out, but it could be the result of a stressful situation that has impacted their ability to control their emotions and behaviour. This is not good news for road safety, as it could lead to more serious or fatal incidents. It’s therefore worth considering how to prevent your own or your family members from becoming victims of road rage by putting the right measures in place.…