Road Rage?


For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.



Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter R

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Road Rage

If you are a driver or a passenger chances are you have witnessed, been a victim of or committed road rage.

What is Road Rage?

A term first used in 1988 to define a motorists’ uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist irritating act and is expressed in aggressive and or violent behavior.


There is a lot of controversy over whether road rage is an actual mental health disorder. Some studies suggest it is a result of Intermittent Explosive Disorder. A disorder associated with abnormal activity in parts of the brain that regulate aggressive behavior. Those suffering from this disorder are extremely dangerous if provoked on the road. Those with Intermittent Explosive Disorder can be from any background financially and educationally. They are typically male but the number of females with this disorder is growing.

Other researchers believe it is Road Rage Disorder, a disorder experienced to some degree by one-third of drivers at some time or another.

Some believe it is a matter of aggressive driving. These drivers are statistically males between the ages of sixteen and twenty-six with history’s of drug or alcohol abuse and a history of crime and violence. They also have little or no education.

There have also been many recorded cases of road rage committed by either men or women that are normally calm, successful people with no history of crime, violence or drug and alcohol abuse. These people are of all races, genders, ages and religions. It is believed these people have chosen to drive while angry, stressed or overtired or late.

There is also an increase in the number of ‘older’ drivers that want to teach younger drivers a lesson.


Have you ever:

Hit your brakes to teach another a tailgater behind you a lesson?

Blocked the passing lane on a highway so a car cannot pass you?

Have you cursed or given the finger to another driver? [A behavior that has gotten people shot in every single state.]

Rudely honked your horn at another driver? [This behavior has resulted in a large number of honkers being shot or beaten.]

Tailgated a driver you felt was driving to slow?

Flashed your high beams at a driver that has their high beams on?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you are guilty of aggressive driving. That behavior puts you, your passengers and the other driver at risk of harm, even death. That other driver that you provoked could have a gun and possibly Intermittent Explosive Disorder.


To avoid becoming aggressive on the road:

Never drive angry or overtired.

Leave earlier than you need too. Always give yourself a time cushion in case of traffic, an accident or poor weather conditions.

Have water and some sort of snack in the car.

Have your favorite music available.

Accept that you may be late, it happens.

Always have something to clean your windows.

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To avoid becoming a victim of road rage:

If a driver is trying to pass you, let them. Being right is not worth dying.

Never make eye contact with an aggressive driver.

Always use your turn signal.

Keep your high beams low.

Don’t block the road to talk to someone. [This behavior has caused dozens of shootings and beatings]

If an aggressive driver is following you, do not drive to your home. Go to a police station or some other safe, well lit area.

Never, ever engage with a road rager, they are irrational.

Never give the finger to another driver [Again, many people have died as a result of this behavior]

If you believe you or someone you love may have Intermittent Explosive Disorder or some form of Road Rage that is uncontrollable help is available. There are medications available to treat the symptoms and cognitive behavior therapy can be effective.


Unfortunately Road Rage has affected my family in the worst way imaginable. My younger brother, musician David Albert was beaten to death by a group of young men who became irritated because David stopped at every stop- sign and they felt he was driving too slowly. David was driving the speed limit. He was twenty-six-years –old, had a beautiful wife and a thirteen-month-old son.

An excerpt from the back cover of my memoir about that night, Bristol boyz Stomp:

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In the small town of Bristol, Pennsylvania, where everyone knows everyone and all is seen and heard, a heinous road rage murder cannot go unpunished-or can it?

When David Albert and two of his bandmates are attacked at random one night, David is beaten, suffering severe brain damage, and left for dead in the middle of a driveway.

David’s family spent seventy-two-hours in the intensive care unit watching him slip away and trying to figure out exactly what happened that night.

Struggling through politics and protocol, David’s family attempts to fight for justice for the gentle giant with the great musical talent.

When two men are finally charged with conspiracy and third- degree murder, the family is unsatisfied, continuing to believe there is more to the story.

Without more convictions and politics continuing to work against them, David’s family remains heartbroken, still struggling but devoted to finding justice.

Join David’s sister as she takes you on a journey, navigating the justice system, learning to deal with the media and facing the grieving process.

A painfully gripping, honest detail that will leave you wanting to hug everyone you love and forever…looking in the rearview mirror.









14 Responses to “Road Rage?”

  • Here in Southern California, it seems like everyone is a victim of Road Rage, whether on the giving or receiving end.

  • I was never one for road rage. My husband?! WOOHOO! He is all about it. I admit, he’s gotten better. He’s just SO incredibly safe on the road, that when he is near others who aren’t, it’s a threat to the safety of his family and that he will not tolerate (much to my sensitive ears!)

  • Helene Cohen Bludman:

    So scary to be the victim of road rage. Thanks for the helpful info. Btw I must read your book, It’s been on my list for a long time.

  • That’s horrible about your brother. So sorry to hear that.

    I didn’t answer yes to any of your questions, so I don’t think road rage is a problem I possess. I get frustrated, and think others might be idiots… but I contain it within the moving metal box.

  • I finally broke hubby of this kind of aggravation by pointing out how futile it was. Pointless.

  • I cannot even begin to imagine the horror your family has faced with the tragic loss of your brother. I am just so sorry. Thinking of you.-Ashley

  • Wow! So sorry to hear that about your brother. That really tears at my heart. I have a way of seeing my own rage and I have to force myself to breathe and calm down. I have a problem understanding why my husband cannot. Maybe it’s his PTSD or TBI? I don’t know. But I always try to soothe him when he starts getting angry. I remind him he doesn’t need to piss someone off because you never know if they have a gun or if they will follow us home and do something horrible. Sometimes it works. But sometimes it doesn’t. His rage scares me sometimes. But I’m learning it’s probably his disability that prevents him from calming immediately.

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z
    Caring for My Veteran

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