Road Rage


Everyone who’s been in a car long enough knows what road rage is. They might have instigated it or experienced it as a passenger. Most people would like to think they do not have road rage and that it’s someone else who does. But the fact is that everyone has it as part of their driving routine.

It’s practically unavoidable without effort. Some people drive too fast or too slow. People cut each other off or almost cause a wreck. Any of these things or the possibility that they happen will elevate stress levels on the road.

Why Is Road Rage Unavoidable?

If it doesn’t happen immediately it will happen eventually. This means that when people are driving they have to always be aware of their surroundings and try not to get upset when people make mistakes on the road. After a while however, other things become priority. For instance, when a person is running late to work, they’re trying to do everything they can to get there so as to not be late.

Even if they don’t arrive on time and they’re actually still on the road when they’re supposed to be clocked in, they’ll try to get there even faster and with more urgency. So there’s no way to avoid getting emotional on the road. Emotions that escalate are usually because there’s no compromise.

Cluttered Living

It’s often said that the way people react to events is based off of subjective points of view. If someone is perhaps overworked, they won’t have any time left to tend to other things but their work. Sometimes they won’t get enough sleep and will not be alert when they’re on the road. That causes poor last minute decision making.

Add to that the congestion on roadways where there are more cars and pedestrians on it who are all trying to do the same thing, under the same stresses and more. It’s unreasonable to think that everything can be managed by one person alone. Even then, to coordinate with someone else take just one person. This also contributes to road rage.

Expectations

People expect others to follow the rules on the roadway. It’s an effort that can only be enforced through road rules, laws and licenses for protection. If people follow these rules, they’re rewarded with operating a vehicle on the road.

But the expectations contribute to the problem because they’re made by the person to encourage that they neglect there are other people on the road. Everyone must keep in mind that the road is shared and that it doesn’t belong to the “better” driver than it belongs to a “bad” one. These problems are caused by people who try to challenge others who might have severe anger issues.

Conclusion

These are not just meaningless generalizations as road rage is not a neutral act, it’s an emotional one. And in a large society where everyone shares space, it’s a common problem that hardly solves anything and if anything only escalates the issue. Managing road rage is part of what a driver has to live with in a congested world but no one ever said it would be easy.