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What is Road Rage?

Road rage (also road violence) is the informal name for deliberately dangerous and/or violent behavior under the influence of heightened, violent emotion such as anger and frustration, involving an automobile in use.

This can involve deliberately hitting another person, vehicle or object with his/her own vehicle and/or firing a weapon from it. Other possibilities include hitting the person or vehicle with an item which is not his vehicle, but which ultimately hits another person or vehicle.road rage driver, what causes road rage

Getting out of one's vehicle to another person's vehicle and banging, knocking on the windows, and yelling insults, is another form of road rage.

Road rage can be caused by a variety of events, circumstances, and environments. The three main categories use to classify what causes road rage are the environment, instructive responses, and territorial defensiveness.

Environmental conditions are the main factors associated with road rage. These conditions can consist of traffic congestion, another’s dangerous driving habits, the weather (heat, humidity, etc.), noise levels, and time constraints.

The other two causes of road rage, instructive responses and territorial defensiveness are also closely related. Intrusive responses are actions of retaliation to get back at another for their careless driving. Territorial defensiveness is the act of defending ones personal space (the car) in response to another individuals driving.

Road rage is a relatively serious act; it may be seen as a violation of property rights and an endangerment of personal security.

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