Shad Alfaz Ali, Navua
It’s sad to learn that another life has been lost on our roads. While our condolences are with the family of the deceased, it’s important for us to also understand what led to the tragedy.
According to the Fiji Sun (21.07.16) the incident was more a case of road rage than a road accident. Road rage is a dangerous, aggressive and angry behaviour by the driver or other road users. It can happen with anybody and is dependent on the individual’s ability to cope with stress. It’s important to understand how a seemingly petty issue on the road with a stranger you did not plan to encounter could become fatal. All drivers would have experienced some form of road rage if not being a victim of one and it’s not difficult to understand how easily a small issue can translate into a major problem. It’s important to understand the psychology of road rage in that it lasts only for a short period of time and if we are able to control ourselves and remain calm under pressure, we would be able to avoid its effect.
To all road users, please understand that road rage is a common problem which can easily be avoided. We need to avoid getting into confrontations with other road users, remain calm when encountering a frustrated person while allowing him time to manage his own anger.