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Road Rage and Aggressive Driving: Steering Clear of Highway Warfare Paperback – October 1, 2000
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The authors guide you to understand your driving self and show how to change highway stress, fear, anger, and assault into enjoyable time on the road. This book offers a different approach - linking checklists and exercises to explanations of specific emotions and behaviors so you can understand your particular driving attitudes and actions. There are many practical suggestions for avoiding road rage and transforming your driving experience, all supported by real-life examples and scholarly research.
The book deals with all kinds of drivers and driving situations, with special attention to how we can teach our children and be good examples for them so that there won't be a new generation of road ragers. It addresses multitasking to handle dashboard dining and the new technologies that add to driving distractions - cell phones, on-board computers, TVs, and global positioning systems.
Decreasing road rage and aggressive driving would be a huge benefit to society. But go ahead and be selfish - read this book for your own benefit, to change your road rage to driving delight. If enough people do the same, society will reap the rewards too.
[N.B. I created the index for this book]
Overall, this book is well worth reading. It's divided into 3 parts: part I describes the problem of road rage and cites some horrific incidents; part II is a "self-help" manual for reducing driving stress and improving one's "emotional intelligence"; section III consists of misc. topics and is a bit dated since this book was published in 2000. Each chapter cites a variety of references and academic studies; however, because of this, the writing and organization are a bit jumbled.
I'm fascinated by road rage because it's amazing how people with no criminal background can commit extreme violence with so little provocation....driving literally taps into the cavemen inside us all. Basically, reducing road rage is about emphatizing with other drivers (letting other drivers into your lane which is what you'd want in their place; or slowing down when someone makes a right-turn, which is again what you'd want in their place). It's also about becoming less competitive- realizing how futile it is. The final step is to NOT respond with insane fury when someone provokes you without cause (like giving you the finger)....in "Mean Genes" (2000), I read that evolutionary psychologists believe we retaliate so instantly and without thinking because we evolved in small communities where it was important to maintain one's reputation because we would encounter the same people time and time again- in the case of driving today, the chances of encountering the same driver again are near-zero, so we should just let it go...easier said then done.Read more ›
What is missing from this relatively good book is the physiological causes of road rage, or excessive anger in general, intermittent explosive disorder, such as a poor diet or a diet lacking the B-vitamins group. I have found that driving hungry or tired or stressed out definitely increases the propensity of something negative happening while driving if one is not able to maintain self-control. What this book didn't mention was much more specific, and scary: the killer instinct. If drivers are not careful, one middle finger, one brandished weapon, one-cut off too many may cause the emotionally unstable or frail driver to lose composure. Then we won't know anything about it until we see it reported in the papers.
The doctors give good advice for people who have problems controlling their tempers, and that's what dealing with road rage is all about: control. God help you if you have a lack of it.
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Great book. Lots of information and tips. Would recommend reading this book for insight regarding road rage. Thanks Leon James.Published on October 14, 2013 by Mary Brown
This is all fine and good but what about the road racers, tailgaters and cellphoners?
Isn't some of our Ire a reaction to stupdity???
Hard to read, nothing we don't know. Hey, get out of the fast lane you idiot!Published on August 1, 2008 by B. Bates
Hooray! Both Drs. James and Nahl have been providing loads of road rage information online at their DrDriving. Read morePublished on September 6, 2000 by A. Teshima