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For millions of people driving has become a health risk, an economic risk, and a daily hassle, if not tragedy. Many people have died on the American highways, because of stress or maybe in a hurry to get home to the watch the football game or get to a Doctors appointment. There is a lack of civility and respect for fellow drivers, it just seems like no one cares anymore about anyone.

When a person’s day is through, he or she is ready to go home and unwind, maybe with a glass of wine, a beer, a little TV, or simply rest, but on the way home that person is a bomb waiting to explode. Their wall of stress is ready to burst out into anger. It is a lot easier to get mad or angry with someone you don’t know than it is to get angry with a friend, co-worker or family member. If someone lights the person’s fire by cutting in front of them, riding their bumper, or perhaps going too slow, he or she might burst.

The explosion depends on the person. An aggressive person might have a more vicious rage than that of a shy person, but either way there is an apparent rage. Another important and interesting question to bring up is why is road rage more apparent now than say 50 years ago? There are many answers to this question, but the main drivers and only a limited number of roads. There are too many people in the cities and very bad traffic, which can make anyone mad.

Road rage has killed many people on the highways. People get mad at other people for riding their bumper or showing hand gestures. Stress is a major pat of it whether it’s taking care of the kids or being cramped in an office all day or just someone getting on your nerves. When people get upset or stressed over things, they don’t use their best judgment and sometimes hurt other people by pulling a gun or a knife out on them. Road rage has accounted for two-thirds of all highway traffic deaths.

Road rage is more apparent now than 50 years ago. One thing is 50 years ago we didn’t share the world with as many people as there are now. Fifty years ago people were of course going to school or work, but things were a lot easier for them to cope with than it is now. There weren’t any fast cars or the money wasn’t being made like it is today.

Teen drivers and older people could be the cause of road rage today. One a teenager gets his drivers license, he or she is excited to get out and show of in front of their peers. Teenagers or older people drive too closely to other cards, which causes the other person to get upset then starts the process over again. When people get older it seems as though they think everything has slowed down because they have. I believe they should pass a law to where when you get to a certain age in life you must go through extensive tests to keep your drivers license.

I. Road rage has killed many people:

A. People get mad at other people for riding their bumper or showing hand gestures.

B. Stress is a major part of it whether it’s taking care of the kids, being cramped in an office all day, or just someone getting on your nerves.

C. When people get upset or stressed over things, they don’t use their best judgments and sometimes hurt other people by pulling a gun or a knife out on them.

II. Road rage is more apparent now than 50 years ago:

A. One thing is 50 years ago we didn’t share the world with as many people as there are now.

B. Fifty years ago people were of course going to school or work, but things were a lot easier for them to cope with than it is now.

C. There weren’t fast cars or the money wasn’t being made like it is today.

III. Teen drivers and older people could be the cause of road rage:

A. Once a teenager gets his drivers license, he or she is excited to get out and show off in front of peers.

B. Teenagers or older people drive to closely to other cars, which causes the other person to get upset.

C. When people get older it seems as though they think everything has slowed down because they have.

Overall, road rage is a continuing and progressing problem on our roads today. If nothing is done, then we could be killing each other off this world one by one. The police need to get involved and have stiffer punishment for the offenders of road rage. It is being compared with the dangers of having a loaded gun. More respect for others and hefty fines from police will reduce road rage. It may take years, but I think we could tackle this growing problem in America today. So, next time you feel tension against another driver, back off and let the situation go. Better that, than to get into a wreck or possibly get shot and lose your life, because you made someone mad.

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