Sunday, February 3, 2013

Road Rage

Zdepski's illustration of Road Rage via Chart

Behind the Wheel - Road Rage Cause Explained

It's simple physics:

You are traveling at one speed (you perceive as sane). You rarely encounter anyone doing the same speed as you, since you are overtaking those driving slower (you perceive as slowpokes) or those drivers that are overtaking you (you perceive as reckless).

Drivers that drive in a similar manner to you are rarely encountered, since you're all traveling at the same clip and join and exit at different intervals along the highway.

Keep that in mind, and you'll have less road rage percolating in your veins.

I've always thought I was a quick study, but I've been driving since 1979, and hadn't figured this out until now.


Ed Tuttle said...

I got this revelation riding with my kids at the wheel. Their definition of "idiot" depended on who wasn't driving as fast as they were. Unless, of course someone was on her tail. Then that person was the idiot. Perception becomes reality. If only everyone else could be like us, right?

Honeydew Branchweed said...

Aggressive highway driving is one of my guilty pleasures. I love the moment when I shift from 5th to 6th, feeling the power of the engine as I break away from the pack. Yep, I'm that idiot. But it feels so good!

Ted Blackman said...

Yeah, you nailed it. Makes sense.

LAConley said...

Good one! I'm not a road rager at all but my husband is. He's #3 in your illustration and driving with him is not relaxing at all!

zillustration said...

You can't have Average without the word RAGE!!! Ahahahahha!