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3. Psychological & Physiological

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38. Undesireable Driver Traits

There are a number of traits which are dangerous while driving, and they include:

  • aggressiveness
  • egotism
  • emotional instability
  • inattentiveness
  • exhibition
  • irresponsibility.

Aggressiveness (Road Rage)

Aggressive driving is often referred to as "road rage." Road rage happens when one driver reacts negatively to another driver. Angry drivers may lash out at other drivers, including you.

Road rage is characterized by a driver using their vehicle in an angry and aggressive manner such as:

  • deliberate sudden braking
  • pulling close to another car
  • tailgating
  • attempting to coerce another driver to pull over to settle a dispute
  • cutting off other drivers
  • speeding up when someone attempts to pass
  • honking the horn or flashing headlights
  • yelling or making obscene gestures

  • Anger and driving don't mix. Behind the wheel is no place for aggression. But more and more people are letting their emotions get the best of them. One recent report states that during the first six years of the 1990's, over 10,000 incidents of road rage were reported. People zigzagging in and out of traffic, someone cutting someone else off, and tailgating for long distances can lead to collisions, disputes, and even death.

    Impatience is one of the prime causes leading to risk-taking, discourteous driving and disputes. Being more patient behind the wheel will go a long way to keeping you out of the reach of road rage.




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    Lesson 3 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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