[LISTEN] Do you see red while driving? Studies show road rage on the rise

Have you ever been involved in a road rage incident, either as the aggressor or the victim?

What prompted the incident?

Studies reveal road rage is on the rise globally, mainly because of increased traffic congestion, insufficient infrastructure, drinking-and-driving and inadequate policing.

Azania Mosaka spoke to Dr Nicola Taylor at JVR Psychometrics.

It ranges from just annoyance, to progressively more violent behaviour; hooting, flashing shouting to cutting people off.

Dr Nicola Taylor, Director: Research Department and Psychometrist at JVR Psychometrics

The degree to which it escalates depends very much on how people manage their emotions. How they think about the situation.

Dr Nicola Taylor, Director: Research Department and Psychometrist at JVR Psychometrics

We talk about attributions that we make. Thinking that other people's behaviour is a hostile action and it's directed at us rather than something they have just done on the road without thinking.

So thinking that the intention is personal also contributes to that escalation in anger or whichever emotion seems to be hijacking your system at the time, it could be stress, fear and anxiety.

Dr Nicola Taylor, Director: Research Department and Psychometrist at JVR Psychometrics

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