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Recognize road rage and take steps to get help

Road rage happens to many different drivers. It's not just being tense. It can lead to anger and vindictive actions that put others at risk.

Road rage is a selfish act. Named road ragers, these people are power hungry, wanting control over the road. What causes road rage? One suggestion is overcrowding on the roads.

Crowding is known to cause aggression. Crowds anywhere can cause this. Long lines, for instance, may produce impatient customers who are essentially suffering from stress and similar feelings to road rage. The difference is that everyone in a line is a human and easy to see and speak with. On the other hand, drivers with road rage may see other drivers simply as vehicles.

A psychologist at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco states that the road ragers inside vehicles don't think about consequences or about others on the road as people. Additionally, studies have shown that these same people have raged on the roads at least 27 times, and they may be violent in other parts of their lives.

Sometimes road rage is made worse by drivers who are doing something wrong. For example, someone might become angry over others not paying attention and talking on their phones. Overall, road rage is an inability to handle anger or deflect it in a more positive way.

Drivers who suffer from road rage can address it

Those prone to road rage can help themselves by getting enough sleep, giving themselves more time to get to their destinations, playing soothing music and just being aware of their driving.

What should you do if you see someone with road rage while you're driving?

If you see someone who is raging on the roads, you can call the police if they are putting others in danger. For example, someone who is brake-checking drivers could cause a serious collision and hurt or kill other people. If you witness this kind of action, you can call 911 and report the license plate number of the dangerous driver. The police, at a minimum, will stop the driver and make sure they are safe to be on the roads.

If you are hit by someone with road rage or are attacked by someone after they commit a traffic error, don't be scared to call for help. People with anger issues need to have them addressed, and you can seek help to protect yourself.

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