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.
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
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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