Recognizing and Dealing With Road Rage
Aggressive driving, yelling, and gesturing can all lead to road rage. So is road rage itself a crime? For many drivers, that answer is a surprising "no". "It's all the events that are occurring during that specific incident," says CMPD officer Nathan Crum. "You have anything from tailgating all the way up to an assault with a deadly weapon. So road rage itself is not the crime."
Charlotte forensic psychologist Dr. Terri Watters says a cocktail of issues can lead to rage: "People who are more prone to road rage tend to be experiencing stress in other areas of their lives as well. Stress with work, relationships, family issues, whatever. And so you get in your car and you might be more vulnerable to something that's going on around you."
So, how to handle it? Pocket your aggression, ease out of the incident as best you can, and let it go. If you are the rager, get more rest, give yourself more time to travel, and if you just can't seem to maintain control, get counseling.
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