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Road Rage

Published July 27, 2012

It is so easy to get pissed off behind the wheel of a car. There is no shortage of shit drivers and rude drivers doing selfish, dangerous or just plain oblivious moves on the road. We all have our personal peeves. That one thing that if someone does to us it just sets us off. Releases the demon inside that shows itself in all forms.

Road rage is nothing new. I remember there was a Disney short about Goofy. How he was just a normal mild mannered husband and father until he got behind the wheel of a car. Then he transformed into this aggressive angry wild eyed madman. The short was called Motor Mania, but now the phenomenon is recognized as road rage. It’s a strange thing, this transformation. And so often the rage is justified. There are several factors involved. One is the risk of accident and damage to your car that maddens you. The other is risk of life and limb. But really the most common trigger for road rage is simply our ego. Because we can’t let the stupid little things go. We can’t just let some dumb ass go ahead of us because he or she are in a hurry that in their stupid little world is so much more important than any reason you’re sharing the road with them for. It’s so hard to just ignore the idiot who failed to signal and drifted in front of you in your lane not even realizing you were there. You just have to pull up along that person and take a look at them to, as I often put it, see what stupid looks like. I’m not really sure why we so badly want to see what the person looks like driving the car that has just insulted our driving sensibilities. But we do it. Scowling at them on the way by, just dying for some eye contact so we can shake our head at them.

If we knew better we’d let it go. Realize its no big deal and move on. But more often than not we don’t. In fact, if a person is inclined to having a short fuse, it will escalate to ridiculous proportions. People have been killed over road rage. Out of curiosity I Googled the term ‘killed over road rage’ and over 21 million hits came back. 21 million. Now certainly many of those are related or redundant articles and stories, but still. 21 million.

Personally I’ve discovered the Zen approach to driving is the best. Just accept that the vast majority of people out there are horribly inept drivers. Absolutely deplorable actually. Expect to be deal with this crap every time you get behind the wheel of your car. Because people are also ignorant self serving jerk offs so, even if they are a decent driver, their entitled personality will trump road etiquette.

I know it’s difficult, being the bigger person, but it’s in your best interest when you’re driving.

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Calvin Escobar
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