Drivers in Dallas and other parts of North Texas are shown to have grown less courteous over the years.
Wired PR News.com – An annual road rage study has shown a significant increase in the number road rage occurrences in North Texas over time. Katherine Blake of CBS 11 News reports that the area has gone from ranking in the top five for having courteous drivers to ranking ninth.
One driver, Jaime Torres, told of his personal experience as a victim of road rage in Dallas stating “The woman got out of the car, and she took a baseball bat and hit my window.” Torres was traveling in the Downtown Dallas area when a couple became angry at his attempt to merge into an HOV lane, and subsequently followed him.
Things mentioned as possible escalators of road rage present day include personal issues related to a troubling economy and frustration from being stuck in traffic. Psychologist Joyce Buckner suggests in the report that individuals can help prevent road rage by changing their thoughts in the event they become angry while on the road, or pulling over to calm down. Individuals should also be careful not to be demanding of fellow drivers.
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