Road rage

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

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.

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