The Zoomer Report: Road Rage and Accidents

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How annoyed do you get with drivers who cut you off and weave in and out of traffic? According to researchers from the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, in Toronto, those are the most irritating drivers, and road rage is a factor in nearly half of all car accidents.

The study says identifying the triggers of road rage will help drivers stay calm and prevent dangerous driving. It analyzed thousands of complaints about unsafe or aggressive driving posted on the website RoadRagers.com.

The study revealed 54 per cent of the complaints involved drivers cutting in or weaving in traffic. Speeding accounted for 29 per cent of the entries, and 25 per cent of the complaints were the result of hostile displays from other drivers.

The study’s authors noted that more research is needed to explore how drivers perceive and react to aggressive or erratic driving. They say in extreme cases, one aggressive action can lead to hostile behavior by multiple drivers.

Their advice: take steps to remain calm while driving.

Take a deep breath, and do whatever it takes to bring your anger down.

Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report
Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

 

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