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Nine habits that trigger road rage

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Prevent tempers from flaring and fists from flying by avoiding these behaviours

No one is a perfect driver. We've all been in situations where we haven't been paying enough attention to the road, or other drivers. We've all had times where we haven't had enough sleep, missed a meal, had a fight with our significant other, are grumpy and as a result have gotten into a car with the pressures of everyday life clouding our thoughts.The problem is that when we put ourselves in those situations, we're endangering ourselves and others with our meandering ways. And when we run across other people in these situations, our frayed nerves and short fuses try to get the best of us.Dr. Peter Zafirides, a psychiatrist in Columbus, Ohio has helped many people understand the origins of their road rage over the last 14 years. "It has absolutely nothing to do with the car in front of them. It has everything to do with what that car — that person — represents in front of them," he says. "Also, it is a sad reflection of a culture that is losing the ability to truly express their feelings on an interpersonal level. This is also an undercurrent in the rage factor. This is all swimming around just under the surface until someone has the nerve to cut it too close in the car in front of you. That is when the past, present and future meet ... and it can be explosive."So how do we recognize the triggers for road rage so that we can avoid them? Michael Soon Lee has taught driving safety for the U.S. National Safety Council and helped us create a list of nine ways to incite road rage.Related Autos links:How to keep your cool in trafficDriver's survival guide to road rage, carjackers and floodsTips to avoid road rage
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