According to a study published just this year, the effect of road rage episodes on driving performance mirror that of substance use. Public service announcements have launched a full-court press through decades-long campaigns to dissuade driving under the influence.
AAA reports more drivers than ever are on the roads and the longest work-related car commutes in history. It seems pulling the brakes on road rage would equally pave the way for safety and improved driver mental health.
A look at road rage myths
According to research published by Angelo State University Social Sciences Research Journal:
Survey company Populus polled 2,000 drivers and explains:
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted the last comprehensive nationwide driver violence study; it found:
Mental health profile of a road rage driver
A 2016 report confirms risky drivers are more prone to crashes and relative driving violence. They also hold a similar mental profile, which includes:
Anger management solutions while driving
A simple YouTube search on road rage will illustrate endless clips of drivers yelling and gesturing through open windows; and more often than not, jumping out of vehicles to confront another motorist.
Jerry Deffenbacher, Ph.D., revealed his latest road rage research this past spring. He created relaxation and imagery interventions based on data collected from self-reported “high-anger drivers.” Deffenbacher’s mental wellness maintenance methods include:
Reframing negative events
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About the author
Sovereign Health Group staff writer Kristin Currin-Sheehan is a mindful spirit swimming in metaphysical pools with faith as her compass. Her cover: a 30s-something Cinderella breadwinner of an all-sport blended family. Her repertoire includes writing poetry, lifestyle articles and TV news; editing, radio production and on-camera reporting. For more information and other inquiries about this media, contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.