How Does Driving Anger Develop? Part I:
Driving is a social activity consisting of countless subtle interpersonal transactions per mile. However, when elements inherent to the physical nature of the automobile—such as its cocoon-like protective shell, the power and control provided by sophisticated in-car systems, and awesome horsepower—are merged with the many images of autonomy, omnipotence, and safety broadcast by widespread advertising, drivers gain a false sense that they “own the road” and are entitled to the most efficient, optimal driving experience possible. When thousands of individuals on the road are essentially competing at once to meet their own unique, highly valued personal goals, frustration, conflict, and anger are inevitable.
To be continued….