Anyone who has ever been behind the wheel has probably shouted a few curse words while behind an inconsiderate driver.
But sometimes the road rage turns into violence. Last month, 48-year-old Jean Claude Lewis was arrested in California after he allegedly opened fire on another driver.
While Kaylynn Heatley, 21, was also arrested in August after she allegedly rammed her Jeep Wrangler into a Tesla and pushed two cars off the road. The injuries were so serious that a woman had to have her arm amputated after the crash on State Route 91.
And earlier this year, Douglasville Police Department (DPD) officers said Brittney Griffith, 30, of Georgia, had been arrested for allegedly shooting a teenager in the face on May 1. them since Villa Rica, where some kind of traffic accident started,” the police said.
The AAA states that road rage is “any unsafe driving behavior, intentionally and with malicious intent or with disregard for safety, [and] can constitute aggressive driving”, with tailgating, running a red light, changing lanes without signalling, blocking cars, speeding and cutting for people being the main examples.
They stated it is “extremely common” among U.S. drivers and said 80 percent of drivers “expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past 30 days,” according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic. Safety’s 2019 data.
Now furious drivers are recruited to participate in a road rage investigation, and they are paid $4,000.
VehicleFreak website is opening applications for motorists to participate in a driving behavior survey to “highlight the ways drivers can both combat their own anger on the road and interact with other annoyed drivers.”
It is hoped the findings will help “raise awareness of the impact of aggressive driving on American roads.”
In the month-long study, the driver will participate in a simulation, which includes “popular driving vices, common driving accidents and the most frustrating driving habits.”
The candidate must complete three three-hour driving sessions per week, with their responses monitored by their heart rate and blood pressure.
And after each driving session, they should record their thoughts, feelings, and level of concentration, including identifying which scenarios triggered the most aggressive response.
Robert Walden of VehicleFreak said: “It’s no secret that road rage is common on American roads, but it’s shocking to find that 8 out of 10 Americans exhibit aggressive behavior while driving. Our goal is to give road users the best possible experience. information we can, and since road rage is such a widespread problem, our goal is to find out why.
“We are very excited to launch this experiment – there will no doubt be some fascinating findings, and we look forward to sharing them with our community.”
AAA shared tips for drivers dealing with road rage, advises drivers to “avoid eye contact” with opponents, give someone space to exit safely when parking, not react aggressively and move to a safe place. drive, such as a fire station or hospital, if you feel threatened.
VehicleFreak added: “The results will be analyzed by a behavioral psychologist and will be used to create a guide for people who suffer from road rage to manage their anger behind the wheel, and to advise road users about how to deal with road rage from other drivers.”
To apply, you must be over 25, have a US-based driver’s license with at least one year of driving experience, and you must provide written examples of your road rage. To apply, no later than October 31, click here.