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The worst cases of aggression, where they occur and why.

Tiredness, stress, rush, anxiety and traffic can be real enemies of drivers. Not so much of those who suffer from them as of those who are next to, behind or in front of this angry driver. Violence that is replicated on routes around the world and that has a greater impact in certain cities in the United States.

Forbes Advisor conducted a survey to determine which states have the highest level of anger and determined that Arizona has the first place. In second place was Rhode Island and in third place was West Virginia.

The top ten was made up of the following: Arizona, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Texas and Ohio.

What’s happening in Arizona? In this state, 22.5% of those studied had to leave the road to make way for a “furious” person. But there is more, almost a third of the drivers endured shouting and even fights.

Road rage occurs more easily, according to a Forbes Advisor study, on city streets and on highways. If you add to this heavy traffic, stress or the fact that the person is late to a certain place, then things get really complicated. All of these places and circumstances were identified in the study as the main factors that trigger road rage.

Where does this type of violence occur less? On rural roads, where the survey showed only a 7% probability. The most peaceful states? Kansas, where very few people face yelling and insults, and Wyoming, a state where it is rare for a driver to run another driver off the road.

A detail from the Forbes report, road violence has grown 135 percent since 2018. Last year, they report, more than 400 people were injured in acts of violence related to weapons on highways or roads.

Why so angry?

The American Association of Psychologists published a report years ago where road rage was already a topic of analysis. “Research suggests that young men are the most likely to perpetrate road rage. Environmental factors, such as crowded roads, can increase road rage. Certain psychological factors, including displaced anger and high life stress, are also related to road rage. Additionally, studies have found that people who experience aggressive driving are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs,” it was detailed.

One of the experts who has addressed the topic in various research is psychologist Jerry Deffenbacher, PhD, from Colorado State University. This academic discovered what are the aspects that differentiate really angry drivers. Some of his attitudes:

# They have thoughts that are hostile and are likely to yell at another driver.

# They take paths and actions that are risky for their lives and are very prone to exceeding speed limits, changing lanes or running red lights.

# It is very possible that they express themselves with bad words.

# They suffer many more accidents than non-angry drivers and speeding tickets because they express their anger behind the wheel and act impulsively.

For all this, if you encounter a person who does not respect vehicle regulations, who insults and shouts, the best thing you can do is move away until the other driver can calm down.


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