Road rage essay: types of distractions that create dangerous situations on the roadways
According to Cameron (2009), driving is an aggressive activity wherein a driver is handling a potentially lethal machine and that being forced to share common property – the road – heavily stresses individual ownership. (p. 67) This psychological distraction is manifested by drivers acting as if they own the road or in instances wherein drivers feel territorial defensiveness, which often occurs. The dynamics of this behavior is important because these drivers often feel angry when their space in the road is threatened as if their property is being infringed when someone cuts up, overtakes, and so forth. It could be also demonstrated in instances when drivers feel angry if someone drives recklessly, changes lanes without signaling, leading the offended party to behave aggressively in response. Another type of distraction pertains to the external environment: that of heavy traffic and congested roads; the weather such as the heat or humidity; noise such as horn use; and, time pressures. Jacoby and Youngson (2004) identified this distraction as the most common in cities and towns in the United States and around the world. (p. 1841) Any one or a combination of the cited elements could trigger among drivers different types of aggressive reaction.
While one can say that road is not exactly an epidemic that threatens the safety and security of motorists, the problem is certainly serious and could erupt anywhere
and anytime to anyone.