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Why it is important to deal with road rage

You’ve been cut off in traffic. The idiot in front of you now must have seen you. More importantly, they nearly caused an accident. This really upsets you and you feel like giving him or her a piece of your mind. So you jerk the wheel around and try to pull alongside of the culprit and roll down your window to get ready to scream.

Unfortunately, this scenario probably plays out on American roads countless times per day. The other unfortunate fact is that it sometimes manifests itself in road rage; violent acts that arise from benign traffic inconveniences or discourteous behavior. 

According to an article on safemotorist.com, there are several disturbing statistics about aggressive driving and road rage compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the traffic fatalities that occur through accidents, 66 percent are attributable to road rage. Additionally, 37 percent of road rage incidents involve a firearm. Over a seven year period studied by the NHTSA, 218 murders occurred from road rage and 12,610 people were injured in such incidents.

Given what is known about road rage and how it manifests itself, the broader question involves how to limit anger behind the wheel.  After all, taking revenge with one’s vehicle can be a recipe for disaster. So if you are susceptible to road rage, resisting the urge to react and thinking about how loved ones may help in stemming your rage. This could help you reset, put things in perspective, and avoid contributing to an accident. 

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