Road Rage: Muzeer Salam
Road Rage’ describes the strange behaviour of some people who can’t control their temper when they’re driving. According to a recent report, 75% of British drivers said that they had been a victim of road rage at some time. 1.3 million drivers said that they were forced to pull over or stop their cars, and 250 000 people said that they had been attacked by other drivers. Now the question goes like this: does the stress of driving make ordinary people more aggressive? Or is ‘road rage’ just a new excuse for violent behaviour? If we do agree with the thoughts of the British police, then they says that there is no such thing as road rage. Drivers who harass or attack other drivers are breaking the law. While if we keep a look at some of the organizations of British motoring like the AA and the RAC, they do believe in road rage. According to their thoughts, there’s something about driving a car that brings out the worst in people. Psychologist Conrad King agrees that road rage is real and a theory is developed by him to explain it.
Animal drivers are also a problem as King describes a case where a motorist almost killed himself by trying to overtake a long queue of cars that were stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle. The driver got angry because he thought that the other cars were deliberately holding him up. King believes that road rage is a product of modern technology and primitive instincts. When inside a car, drivers behave like animals. If they feel threatened by another driver, they respond aggressively, just like a guard dog chasing an offending car for miles and miles.
In one incident, two young women followed a nurse for two miles. When she stopped outside her house, the young women jumped out of their car and started screaming at the nurse and her elderly patient. King’s research shows that people behave differently when they get behind the wheel of a car. Perhaps it’s because they feel safer inside all of that metal and glass. Cars can give normally peaceful people a feeling of power that can make them more aggressive.
It should be one of my requests to all of the governments of every country to take a serious look towards the drivers who lose their controls but still do driving.
When annoyances turn to anger, powerful chemicals like adrenaline and endorphins are released into the blood. The heart starts beating faster and the body prepares to fight, or run away. Perhaps it’s not so surprising that 1,200 road-rage related deaths were reported in America in the 1980s. Anger can be a dangerous thing in a country where it’s not unusual to own a gun.
Road rage ‘Rubbish’:
Critics of ‘road rage’ psychology say that it’s wrong to make excuses for violent behaviour. One British comedian defined road rage as ‘men being stupid in cars as well as everywhere else.’ Some experts point to evidence that supports this theory. According to government figures, men aged between 18 and 26 are most likely to behave aggressively or violently whilst driving. Interestingly, drivers with small cars are more likely to be aggressive. Drivers of big cars like four-wheel-drive vehicles are more likely to to be the victims of aggressive behaviour like tailgating.
Mad driver is formed by the combination of a made person+car=a mad driver.
According to behavioural psychologist Matthew Joint, ‘nine times out of ten, road rage depends on the psychological profile of the drivers. Perhaps that explains recent reports of ‘trolley rage’ in the supermarket and ‘ski rage’ in the queue for ski lifts. Despite their new concern about road rage, an European poll confirmed that British motorists still think that they are the best drivers in Europe. Unluckily for the British, the rest of Europe believes that Germans are the best drivers.
So at last it should be in the mind of every governments of every country that it is among one of a big problems, so let’s not be silent and solve this problem in a hard working, and be united to solve this problem.
The writer is a student of Delta OPF public school Turbat.