This article will describe dangerous attitudes and habits to have while on the road. If readers recognize that they have any of these attitudes or practice any of these habits, they should attempt to suppress these attitudes and habits, at least while behind the wheel or on a motorcycle.
One such attitude is the macho attitude. Loud, head banging type music, substance abuse, a need for speed, and the thrill of risky driving all predispose Mr. Macho to car or motorcycle accidents or near accidents. Such accidents or near accidents often lead to road rage.
Some people carry a competitive attitude over from work related activities. Competing for bonuses and promotions at work can foster an attitude that gives some people justification for their competition for parking spaces, for example. People have been shot during parking space disputes.
A pompous attitude is often a characteristic of individuals who hold high ranking positions at their places of work. They might have designated parking spaces and, since so many people at their workplaces defer to their wishes, these pompous individuals might come to expect such attitudes toward them on the public roads.
Some drivers have a self-absorbed attitude. This attitude gives them short memories. They may, for example, curse the drivers who pull out from a side roads and do not accelerate quickly enough, thus forcing them to slow their car speed a little. When these self-absorbed drivers commit the same offense, however, they curse the driver behind them for approaching them too quickly and for coming too close to the rear of their cars.
Some drivers have a judgmental attitude. They believe that they are right, and the other drivers are wrong. Furthermore, they feel that it is their duty to tell off these errant drivers and to save them and others from their dangerous attitudes and habits.
Some drivers have a venting habit. They believe that, within the protection and anonymity of their cars, they can vent all of their accumulated anger onto other drivers. Although they would not think of screaming at hated coworkers in their offices, they foolishly feel that they can safely vent their accumulated anger at other drivers who are strangers.
Some drivers have a dangerous multitasking habit. For example, they text or talk on cell phones while driving. As of October 1 of 2013, this is illegal in Maryland.
What other dangerous attitudes and habits are you aware of that might lead to accidents and road rage? Please comment below.