What’s Your Road Rage Level?

What’s Your Road Rage Level?
Road range seems illogical, doesn’t it? While illogical, a surprising number of facts back up the source of road rage. Aggressive driving has always been a problem and today’s roadways are only getting worse. Between rude gestures, screaming and even violence, road rage reports are on the rise.

“Road rage” was originally coined by Los Angeles’s local news station, KTLA after several freeway shootings. Soon after, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defined road rage as a driver “committing moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapons by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle.”

Road rage might seem to be a bit mythical, but its effects are all too real. About 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving and road rage. Of these incidents, 37 percent involved a firearm. Males under age 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage, and about half of those being assaulted by a road-raged driver respond with aggressive behavior.

How bad is your road rage? Take this quiz to find out how well you manage your anger behind the wheel.


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