Putting The Brakes On Road Rage
by: News Canada
Research project drives anger to the curb
(NC)—Has the driver in front of you ever slammed on the breaks for no apparent reason? Why do slowpokes always land in the fast lane? Is signaling to change lanes a thing of the past?
It is easy to predict what can make people angry behind the wheel. The real value is in figuring out what calms people back down.
“Understanding the anger cycle is going to benefit those who plan public road safety campaigns and driver education programs,” says Wolfgang Linden, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. His research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), looks at what makes people angry, how they respond to it and how they recover from it.