It starts with just a moment of tailgating, or maybe the guy in front of you cut you off or wouldn’t let you into the fast lane. In some cases it appears that incidents of road rage are caused by simple misunderstandings between drivers. A driver may make a momentary error of judgment but the perception of another driver is that he or she is driving aggressively. Then suddenly it turns into World War III on the highway. It matters little what causes it; a bad day at the office, a love affair going bad, credit cards maxed to the credit limit. All it takes is a sudden movement of someone else’s wheels, and within seconds a normally mild mannered motorist is consumed with a red-eyed, mouth-foaming surge of
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“A road-raging madman pulled up behind Gary Mckay’s truck in the passing lane on Interstate 55 several years ago. Mckay was passing a slow moving tractor-trailer at the time and said that he saw, “nothing but the truck grille in his mirror. I could see his fist and he was cussing and obviously mouthing off.” Mckay also recalled, “I probably should have sped up a little faster to get out of his way but instead I kept on easing around the truck and then signaled to get over.” After passing Mckay, the madman made an obscene gesture, pulled in front of Mckay’s truck and slammed on the brakes, three times. Finally the guy sped off,” (Leiser, Post-Dispatch). It’s this type of behavior that makes road rage a life or death situation. If Mckay wouldn’t have been paying close attention when the madman pulled around him and slammed on his brakes this situation could have turned fatal.
It’s not only men who are contributing to the road rage statistics; it’s women too. Back when road rage was first brought to America’s attention, “the drivers who would rip and snort their way through traffic, without regard for turn signals or leaving more than a few inches between cars, were mostly men, but the times have changed. More and more women are becoming dangerously