So what are some of the things that cause "road rage"? It doesn't take much to drive some folks over the edge. Beth Jett talked to drivers and asked them what angered them about other drivers. They had plenty to say. But, police say some of the most aggravating things are actually ok to do, by law:
So what drives you mad?
John Baker/driver: "Driving too slow really angers me because it causes accidents especially when the speed limit's at 55 and you're doing 35. It just backs up traffic and it really causes me problems and headaches."
Driver: "Them changing lanes, hopping lanes, when it's really dangerous."
Susan Lee/driver: "Not letting people in when we shouldn't all be in such a hurry to get to someplace."
Phil Knight/driver: "Just not being considerate."
Beth Jett/WSFA: "How so?"
Phil Knight: "Well, they're not paying attention to what they're doing."
Beth Jett/WSFA: "Have you ever felt rage?"
Delois Ballard/driver: "No. I get mad, but I control myself."
Believe it or not, police say they don't see much "road rage" in Montgomery, but they do get plenty of calls from motorists complaining about others doing other things while driving.
Beth Jett/WSFA: So just how bad is it to do other things while driving? Police say they can't ticket you for that, but if your distraction causes you to violate another traffic law, then they can pull you over. As for speed, you can go as slow as you'd like, because there's no minimum speed limit in Montgomery.
Charles Ballow/driver: "They swear at you so you can't hear what they're saying because they're afraid you'll stop and knock 'em over the head, so they just act ugly, ugly, ugly. But more than that, they're more nice ones than bad ones."
If you think someone is expressing "road rage" at you, police say don't stop and confront the aggressor. Call police from a cell phone or go to a place where you can call. If someone approaches your car, you can defend yourself. But, the best advice for people is "slow down and relax.. You'll get there!"
A psychologist says the best way to avoid "road rage" --.either as a victim or an angry driver-- is to be courteous. If someone is angry, be nicer to them, don't be angry back. Practice courtesy: let people into traffic, even when traffic isn't that bad.
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