Driving Errors that can Lead to Road Rage

Self-imposed anxieties:

Sometimes self-imposed anxieties can foster frustration and ultimately anger. Some examples of these thoughts might be:

  • "I'm going to be late if I don't hurry up."
  • "Why are these cars going so slow?"
  • "We'll never make it."
  • "If only I had gone a little faster, I could've made it."
Pedestrian crossing the road

Dangerous thinking:

What are the kinds of thoughts that can lead to dangerous moves on the road?

  • "All of these cars are trying to squeeze in and crowd me out!"
  • "All of these cars are trying to squeeze in and crowd me out!"
  • "Ha! I'll speed up and show him!"
  • "Let's see what happens when I tailgate this car in front of me."
  • "This guy's driving too slowly!"

Anger at other drivers behavior is at the root of road rage and can be evidenced in small ways, such as:

  • Sudden braking to scare a tailgater or to teach them a lesson
  • Routinely exceeding speed limits by more than 10 mph
  • Changing lanes without signaling
  • Cruising in the passing lane
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