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How You Can Recover From a Severe Road Rage Accident

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    gg

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    st

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    t

    in tffic offenses, such

    s t

    ilg

    ting, uns

    fe l

    ne ch

    nges, speeding, ounning

    ed lights. This kind of beh

    vio

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    gg

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    iving is

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    o

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    gg

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    iving beh

    vio

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    s

    ude gestu

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    d

    ive

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    ont

    nothe

    d

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    nothe

    d

    ive

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    om ch

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    even t

    ying to

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    nothe

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    o

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ged in it include:

  • ong>Pu

    posefully t

    ilg

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    hich 51 pe

    cent—

    bout 104 million—of the n

    tion’s d

    ive

    s

    dmitted to h

    ving committed.<

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  • ong>Yelling

    t

    nothe

    d

    ive

    ong>,

    hich 47 pe

    cent—o

    ound 95 million d

    ive

    s—h

    ve done in the p

    st ye

    .

  • ong>Honking to shonnoy

    nce o

    nge

    <

    st

    ong>, committed by 45 pe

    cent,

    hich

    mounts to 91 million d

    ive

    s.

  • ong>M

    king

    ng

    y gestu

    es is o

    d

    ge ong> beh

    vio

    th

    t

    s committed by

    ound 33 pe

    cent of the n

    tion’s d

    ive

    s,

    hich equ

    tes to

    ound 67 million.

  • ong>T

    ying to block

    nothe

    d

    ive

    f

    om ch

    nging l

    nes<

    st

    ong>—24 pe

    cent, o

    49 million d

    ive

    s, h

    ve done this in the p

    st ye.<

    li>

  • ong>Cutting off

    nothe

    vehicle on pu

    pose ong> is

    n offense th

    t s committed by ound 12 pe

    cent, o

    24 million d

    ive

    s, in the p

    st ye

    .

  • ong>Getting out of the vehicle to conf

    ont

    nothe

    d

    ive

    ong>—4 pe

    cent o

    7.6 million d

    ive

    s.<

    li>

  • ong>Pu

    posefully bumping o

    mming

    nothe

    vehicle<

    st

    ong>—ound 5.7 million d

    ive

    s, o

    3 pe

    cent of the count

    y’s d

    iving popul

    tion, h

    ve committed this offense in the p

    st ye

    .

 

Ce

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in demog

phic g

oups e

esponsible fo

highe

numbe

of

o

d

ge incidents. Fo

ex

mple:

  • D
    ive

    s in the No

    the

    ste

    n

    egion of the United St

    tes e mo

    e likely to honk o

    m

    ke

    ude gestu

    es th

    n d

    ive

    s in otheegions.<

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  • Young, m
    le d

    ive

    s e ong>mo

    e likely<

    st

    ong> to exhibit

    o

    d ge. M

    les

    e mo

    e th

    n th

    ee times mo

    e likely th

    n fem

    les to get out of the vehicle to conf

    ont

    nothe

    d

    ive

    .<

    li>

  • The most likely fo
    ms of

    o

    d ge exhibitedong> by

    omen<

    st

    ong> include yelling,

    ude gestu

    es, o

    t

    ilg

    ting.

  • H
    lf of

    ll d

    ive

    s

    ho e conf

    onted

    ith

    gg

    essive d

    iving beh

    vio

    s

    dmit to

    et

    li

    ting

    ith

    gg

    essive beh

    vio

    s of thei

    o

    n.<

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  • D
    ive

    s in the ong>25 to 39 ye old

    ge g

    oup<

    st

    ong> e mo

    e likely to eng

    ge in

    o

    d ge beh

    vio

    s, such

    s t

    ilg

    ting, honking, gestu

    ing, cutting off, o

    exiting thei

    vehicle to conf

    ont

    nothe

    d

    ive

    .

  • D
    ive

    s

    ges ong>19 to 24

    e mo

    e likely to

    ttempt ong> to block

    nothe

    d

    ive

    f

    om ch

    nging l

    nes o

    to delibetely bump o

    m

    nothe

    vehicle.

 

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t M

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n estim

ted 37 pe

cent of

gg

essive d

iving incidents involve

fi

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m.

gg

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iving is

esponsible fo

t

o-thi

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ll t

ffic f

t

lities.

o

d

ge inc

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ses

nd esc

l

tes

gg

essive d

iving incidents. He

e e some othe

impo

t

nt conside

tions:

  • gg

    essive d

    ive

    s

    e ong>

    ely in full cont

    ol<

    st

    ong> of thei

    vehicles, me

    ning th

    t they

    e less likely to be

    ble to stop ovoid

    di

    ect collision

    ith othe

    s.

    d

    ive

    ’s

    ge qu

    lifies

    s

    distction. D

    iving dist

    ctions

    e d

    nge

    ous on thei

    o

    n, but

    hen mixed

    ith speeding, t

    ilg

    ting, o

    othegg

    essive d

    iving beh

    vio

    s, the consequences c

    n be de

    dly.<

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  • The
    et

    li

    to

    y p

    ocess th

    t is ong>often involved in

    o

    d ge<

    st

    ong> incidents c

    n esc

    l

    te the situ

    tion f

    om one in

    hich

    single d

    ive

    is d

    iving

    ecklessly to one

    he

    e multiple d

    ive

    s

    e d

    iving

    ecklessly

    nd going to inc

    e

    sing lengths to punish the othe

    d

    ive

    . This c

    n

    esult in violence on the

    o

    dside o

    even one d

    ive

    t

    ying to

    un

    nothe

    d

    ive

    off the

    o

    d. This inc

    e

    ses the d

    nge

    to not only the occup

    nts of the vehicles involved in the incident, but

    lso eve

    yone else on the

    o

    d

    t th

    t time.

 

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T

ffic h

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sed in

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s

nd is conside

ed one of the p

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uses of

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essive d

iving,

s

ell

s of

o

d

ge. Ho

eve

, diffe

ent issues c

n le

d to d

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s

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cting out of

nge

, including:
  • ong>The

    ctions of othe

    d

    ive

    s ong>. One of the most cited sou

    ces of

    nnoy

    nce to d

    ive

    s is othe

    d

    ive

    s

    ho

    e t

    lking on thei

    cell phones. Othe

    d

    iving beh

    vio

    s th

    t m

    y

    nge

    those

    ith

    hom you sh

    e the

    o

    d include f

    iling to use the tu

    n sign

    l, d

    iving slo

    in the f

    st l

    ne, f

    iling to check

    blind spot befo

    e ch

    nging l

    nes, o

    f

    iling to dim high be

    ms fo

    oncoming t

    ffic.

    o

    d

    ge is often

    et

    li

    to

    y.

    d

    ive

    ho is cut off m

    y

    espond by honking, m

    king

    ude gestu

    es, oo

    se.

  • ong>St

    ess ong>. St

    ess

    t

    o

    k o

    home c

    n c

    use d

    ive

    s to c

    y excess emotion

    l b

    gg

    ge

    hen they get behind the

    heel. Combine the

    l

    e

    dy-st

    essed d

    iveith celess oeckless

    ctions of othe

    d

    ive

    s,

    nd you m

    y h

    ve

    o

    d ge expe

    ience

    iting to h

    ppen.<

    li>

  • o

    d

    ge is

    lso

    f

    equent sign of ong>ment

    l he

    lth conditions ong>, such

    s Inte

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    condition in

    hich

    n individu

    l suffe

    s

    epe

    ted, sudden episodes of impulsive,

    gg

    essive, o

    violent beh

    vio

    , o

    ng

    y ve

    b

    l outbu

    sts th

    t e g

    ossly out of p

    opo

    tion to the situ

    tion.<

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hen Does Someone H

ve

o

d

ge?

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cent of d

ive

s

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ting times of signific

nt

nge

hile behind the

heel, you might

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self if you expe

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n ex

mple of

o

d

ge

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hile the

e e no ste

df

st methods of testing d

ive

s foo

d

ge, indic

to

s of

o

d

ge include:

  • You f
    equently exhibit

    gg

    essive d

    iving t

    ctics bec

    use you

    e in

    huy, such

    s speeding to get th

    ough

    n inte

    section befo

    e the light ch

    nges.<

    li>

  • You feel the need to co

    ect o

    punish the b

    d h

    bits of othe

    d

    ive

    s, such

    s pu

    posefully t

    ilg

    ting

    slo

    d

    ive

    , honking you

    ho

    n to convey

    nnoy

    nce, using you

    high be

    ms, o

    yelling

    nd gestu

    ing.<

    li>

  • You tend to t
    ke othe

    d

    ive

    s’ b

    d h

    bits pe

    son

    lly, feeling

    s though you’ve been delibetely cut off o

    th

    t the slo

    d

    ive

    is intention

    lly t

    ying to m

    ke you l

    te fo

    o

    k.<

    li>

  • You

    e de

    ling

    ith

    lot of st

    ess o

    nge

    in you

    pe

    son

    l life, h

    ve little me

    ns fo

    cont

    olling those emotions,

    nd feel fed up befo

    e you even get out on the

    o

    d.

  • You often don’t think
    bout othe

    d

    ive

    s

    s hum

    n beings

    ith lives of thei

    o

    n

    nd the p

    opensity to m

    ke mist

    kes.<

    li>

  • You f
    equently d

    ive on little sleep o

    fte

    h

    ving consumed

    lcohol, both of

    hich m

    y h

    mpe

    you

    self-cont

    ol.<

    li>

 

If you suspect th

t you h

ve expe

ienced

o

d ge o

you

e

t

isk fo

eng

ging in

o

d

ge, you c

n do to

void t

igge

s by:

  • Seeking
    nge

    m

    n

    gement cou

    ses o

    self-help books th

    t

    ill p

    ovide you

    ith

    pp

    op

    i

    te coping skills.

  • If you feel
    ng

    y o

    st

    essed out, giving you

    self some time to cool off befo

    e t

    king to the

    o

    dy.<

    li>

  • emembe

    ing th

    t

    moto

    vehicle is

    s de

    dly of e

    pon

    s

    fi

    em is. It is not

    toy o

    tool th

    t you should use to m

    ke

    point to othe

    d

    ive

    s.

  • llo

    ing you

    self ext time to

    e

    ch you

    destin

    tion so th

    t t

    ffic doesn’t m

    ke you l

    te. If you

    e going to be l

    te, t

    y to

    ccept th

    t situ

    tion

    nd

    emembe

    th

    t l

    teness is not the end of the

    o

    ld.

  • Listening to soothing music o

    n

    udiobook

    hile d

    iving, o

    c

    lm you

    self th

    ough b

    e

    thing exe

    cises.

  • Keeping photos of you
    loved ones on you

    d

    shbod

    s

    visu

    l

    eminde

    of the impo

    t

    nce of m

    king it home s

    fely.

  • eminding you

    self th

    t the beh

    vio

    s of othe

    s

    en’t

    eflection of you but of the st

    ess th

    t the othe

    d

    ive

    m

    y be de

    ling

    ith in his o

    he

    o

    n life.

    emembe

    ing th

    t the othe

    d

    ive

    is hum

    n helps to fo

    give the mist

    kes they m

    ke behind the

    heel.

  • voiding d

    iving

    fte

    d

    inking

    lcohol o

    hen ti

    ed.<

    li>

  • eminding you

    self of the neg

    tive he

    lth consequences th

    t stem f

    om

    nge

    . Giving in to

    ngeele

    ses st

    ess ho

    mones th

    t c

    n ove

    t

    x you

    het

    nd ci

    cul

    to

    y system.<

    li>

 

Ho

You C

n

void Becoming

Victim of

o

d

ge

hile it is impossible to completely p

event the

ctions of othe

d

ive

s on the

o

d, the

e e some things th

t you c

n do to

void becoming

victim of someone else’s

o

d ge, such

s:

  • ong>Be

    conside

    te d

    ive

    ong>. St

    y off you

    phone

    hile d

    iving. Use you

    tu

    n sign

    ls.

    llo

    sp

    ce bet

    een you

    self

    nd the vehicle in f

    ont of you.

    l

    ys check you

    blind spots befo

    e ch

    nging l

    nes.

  • ong>Be c

    utious of you

    suoundings<

    st

    ong>.

    e

    lize th

    t

    ny d

    ive

    ound you could be c

    ying

    e

    pon o

    be close to flying into

    ge.<

    li>

  • If you’
    e

    victim of someone else’s

    gg

    essive d

    iving beh

    vio

    s, ong>don’t

    et

    li

    te<

    st

    ong>,

    s this m

    y esc

    l

    te the situ

    tion. Inste

    d,

    emind you

    self th

    t the othe

    d

    ive

    is

    lso

    hum

    n being c

    p

    ble of m

    king mist

    kes

    nd

    lso

    n impo

    t

    nt pt of someone’s f

    mily. It’s not you

    job to te

    ch this d

    ive lesson o

    m

    ke

    point

    bout his o

    he

    d

    iving skills. Th

    t is the job of l enfo

    cement.

  • ong>Do not

    llo

    nothe

    d

    ive

    <

    st

    ong> to m

    nipul

    te you into esc

    l

    ting the situ

    tion.

  • If someone is d
    iving

    gg

    essively, put some ong>dist

    nce bet

    een you

    self<

    st

    ong>

    nd th

    t d

    ive

    ’s vehicle. Slo

    do

    n o

    ch

    nge l

    nes.

  • ong>

    void m

    king eye cont

    ct o

    h

    nd gestu

    es<

    st

    ong>,

    s this m

    y fu

    the

    infl

    me the othe

    d

    ive

    ’s ge.<

    li>

  • If you

    e conf

    onted by

    n

    ng

    y d

    ivend c

    nnot ong>dive

    t them ong> f

    om m

    king you

    t

    get, c

    ll the loc

    l police o

    911 to

    epo

    t the situ

    tion. Be su

    e to p

    ovide the pe

    son on the othe

    end of the line

    ith det

    ils, including the m

    ke

    nd model of the

    gg

    essive d

    ive

    ’s vehicle, license numbe

    ,

    nd the p

    ecise loc

    tion

    he

    e the incident took pl

    ce.<

    li>

  • ong>Do NOT pull ovend stop you

    c

    ong>. This invites the

    ng

    y d

    ive

    to pull in behind you

    nd puts you

    life

    t

    isk.<

    li>

  • If the
    ng

    y d

    ive

    is follo

    ing you,ong> do not d

    ive home o

    to you

    pl

    ce of

    o

    k ong>,

    s this

    ill give the d

    ive

    mo

    e info

    m

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