Though the month of April has been designated as Stress Awareness Month, if you’re a driver in Florida, stressful commutes are a year-round ordeal.
One of the many causes of distress among Florida residents—along with work, finances, and lifestyle—is driving. Ever notice that stressed drivers are prone to road rage? That’s because stress impairs the ability to use the cognitive techniques necessary to control fear and anxiety. In other words, stress makes one do crazy things.
Aggressive Drivers in Florida
Many feel that fellow commuters pose a threat to their personal safety, while an increased amount of U.S. motorists have reported that they take part in angry and aggressive driving behaviors themselves. Statistics show that those more likely to engage in aggressive behaviors are males and drivers aged 19-39.
Though anger could be understandable under certain circumstances, “unchecked emotions could lead to destructive behavior,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research.
According to a 2016 study, some of these behaviors include:
These behaviors are prone to cause vehicle accidents and altercations. With these behaviors becoming a common occurrence on our roads, it’s no wonder driving causes elevated levels of stress among Floridians.
“You never know what the other driver might do. Maintain a cool head, focus on reaching your destination safely,” added Nelson.
If you have been the victim of an auto or motorcycle accident because of the behavior of a negligent driver, call us at 1-800-FL-LEGAL. As experienced Florida accident attorneys our number one goal is to bring you justice.
How to Avoid Road Rage:
Angry driving culture has a domino effect. Anger never helps the situation, as irate drivers only worsen matters. It's never worth the risk to endanger yourself or others by reacting inappropriately.
While road ragers stress and irritate others, a calm, sympathetic driver could be a positive influence to those around them. Sometimes an act of kindness may go a long way. Even if it does not directly affect the other drivers around you, it will help you overcome the effects of stress.
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Sources: aaa.com, geturgently.com, webmd.com