People who say they live aloha may not always drive with aloha.
Drivers can sometimes transform into hot-tempered maniacs behind the wheel, posing
a danger to themselves and others. You may have experienced this phenomenon during
rush-hour traffic on the H-1.
True road rage is a criminal act of violence that occurs while driving over-aggressively
and can include tailgating, speeding, and running red lights. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the number of traffic
deaths related to road rage is difficult to track, but it estimates that about one-third
of automobile crashes in the U.S. are a result of aggressive driving. About two-thirds
of those crashes result in fatalities.
Although congested roads can lead to driver frustration, studies suggest the root
of aggressive driving behavior lies within each of us.
How can you keep yourself and others safe on the road?
- Be aware. Pay attention to your driving behavior and that of drivers
- Stay calm. Reduce your stress level behind the wheel. Play soothing
music to keep relaxed.
- Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early just in case you get stuck
- Don’t take it personally. Just because someone cuts you off,
it may not be deliberate. Drivers often do not pay attention or are in a hurry.
It’s not worth getting angry.