Why do people get mad so often behind the wheel? You’ve probably seen or experienced it yourself, that moment of anger when driving. Why do we get angry when driving and why do we get angry on the road though? Here’s some reasons behind it.
Quite simply, driving is dangerous. Because it is dangerous, it makes us nervous. It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran or a total newbie, we still feel some tension when we drive. And just about every time we get behind the wheel, we have some place to get to. Unless we are truly just out for a spin, there is someplace we are trying to reach and there is probably a specific time we are supposed to be there.
Simply put, we have a goal in mind and at every red light that stops us, every driver going too slow, and every poorly marked intersection, its one more thing keeping us from our goal.
In fact, you’ve probably noticed that when you are running late for something, you get even angrier about the things that slow you down.
For instance, how many times have you accidentally cut someone’s lane without signaling? Did you wish that you had that magic button and your rear window displays the “SORRY” sign?
Or, has someone flown by you cursing at your slow speed when you’re going 60, only to reach a red light and watch you creep up to him?
You give him that “What’s up bruh?” look, and that clown just smiles nervously, just waiting to get the hell out ofthere.
Even though you’re irritated, you can’t help but look at the jerk again, and there he goes with a parting “Later biatch~”
Part of what lends itself to the anger is that most of the time, the other drivers are unknown to us. So, when another driver cuts us off, we can call him or her a “complete idiot”.
Of course, the biggest issue is probably the “Unwritten Rules”. When someone violates our rules, we get angry. Imagine, for a moment, that if you come up behind someone driving 60 mph and can’t pass, you might get angry because he or she isn’t driving fast enough. If someone comes up and rides your bumper because you aren’t going fast enough, you might get angry at him or her for going too fast.
In this scenario, you are all violating the written rule but your anger is the result of the other drivers having broken your personal, unwritten rule.
So the next time you get behind the wheel, take a deep breath and always, always think twice before you get irritated by someone else on the road. Sometimes, it’s just not worth it.