May 22, 2001    





Have you ever encountered road rage?

I get pissed at people who cut me off or run stop signs when it's my turn or something, but I've never actually gotten as bad as road rage. And I've had people get angry at me when I inadvertently do things like that, but nobody's ever actually gone crazy on me.

etoile, 20

If you haven' really live in the middle of nowhere!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

I don't drive--I walk everywhere I go, and I STILL experience road rage. Believe me, an icy glare from an annoyed pedestrian passing in front of your car can intimidate a driver three times more than all the bird-flipping and horn-honking a person can do from inside their own vehicle.

Tiny, 21
, TX   USA

Nope - I'm a happy train traveller

no-itsme, 29

If you mean " felt road rage", no. I'm accustomed to human error and human error being personally inconvenient. If you mean "observed road rage", yes. I ignore road rage as a manifestation of bad manners.

Jill, 60

In mild doses.

Karen, 21

I can't say that I have other than the occassional desire to race someone or think that someone else is an idiot.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

I've been on both the giving and receiving end of road rage. It's awful, but it happens.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

I don't drive but my husband does and one day I think I saw an example of road rage. We were driving along when for no apparent reason another car started tailgating us really close. After doing that for awhile, the car forced us over to the shoulder and we came to a stop. A big, burly,unshaven guy who looked like he had been drinking was driving the other car and came over to our parked car and hollared at us through closed  windows, something about us driving a foreign-made car (a Toyota) and not being true Americans. He was very angry and yelled and cursed. I was afraid he was going to take a gun out and shoot us and as soon as we could, we got out of there. Thank goodness he didn't follow us.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

Yes. Some guy was all bent out of shape about the line to get gas at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway. He whipped his car around the very crowded area, backed into a spot between two cars, and yelled at the attendant to fill his tank. (In NJ you cannot fill your own gas tank. And the gas is cheaper than here! But I digress.)

Ordinarily I ignore jerks like him. But he had a newborn baby strapped into the back seat. Before I pulled away, I suggested that he take a few minutes to regain his composure. He cussed me a blue streak. I looked in my rear view mirror for a long time after I pulled out. I was afraid he was going to hunt me down.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

I don't drive that much right now and even when I did it was never really around rush hour, so nothing's really jumping to mind.

Alias Irrelevante

I've experienced it. Heheh. :P never done anything too stupid, tho. Yet.

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

I have never encountered road rage -thank god!

Stephanie, 25

Yes more than a couple of times. I had a crazy man try to run me off the road. Anotehr one tried to push me into the side of a truck. Another hard  braked about twenty feet ahead of me, at 70 mph, to a dead stop, just because he felt I was following too closely. People are nuts.

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

Yes, I often have it myself.

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

Have I EVER! For anyone that has ever been in the KC area, Johnson County drivers are HORRIBLE! They are the worst drivers ever, never use turn signals or look to see if there is oncoming traffic, then they blame you when they do something wrong.

Anjel, 20

Not to an extreme extent, but once or twice, yes.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista

I never encountered road rage personally. But I did see a incident of road rage but thank god no one got hurt. It was a couple of years ago and my husband and I got off the interstate in Ohio and two other cars got off. We got in the left lane the other two cars got in the right lane to turn. The second car a young man got out with a bat and came up to the first car and the drivers had words and then the guy in the first car said something like you want to fight and he reached over to his glove compartment and pulled out a gun well at that point the driver from the second car with the bat turned and went back to his car. I really thought there was going to be a shooting right then. That is the nearest that I have been to road rage. It is frightening to think these things can happen.

Marci, 56
, OH   USA

No, I can't drive yet. I probably will though - on my part, I suspect.

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

Not in the extreme sense. I have heard stories though, about guns and black eyes with people I know. That's just pure insanity right there.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

constantly..only i'm usually the one w/ road rage...!!

Mandi, 16
Lake City
, MN   USA

It's hard not to in the world today!

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

I observed a couple of incidents of it when I lived in Florida, and I was grateful that it wasn't directed at me. Most drivers in Oregon are far too polite to indulge in such bad manners.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

No, I haven't... but I guess I can pretty much enrage people to get angry at me in the traffic, I mean... for example, I always obey the speed limits, I overtake on a two-lane-per-direction highway even if from behind someone approaches who is 50 miles per hour faster, if he was far enough away when I satrted - because I think I have as much a right to overtake as he has. Yes, I confess I like to  pi** people off by obeying to the traffic laws. Guilty as charged :-) Hey, wait, that wasn't the question... ah... okay... :-)

Holger, 21

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