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American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2013, 1(6), 156-163
DOI: 10.12691/ajcea-1-6-5
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Health and Transportation: the Dangers and Prevalence of Road Rage within the Transportation System

Sean Humphrey1, Ardeshir Faghri2 and Mingxin Li2,

1RK&K Engineers, Baltimore, MD, USA

2Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Pub. Date: November 11, 2013

Cite this paper:
Sean Humphrey, Ardeshir Faghri and Mingxin Li. Health and Transportation: the Dangers and Prevalence of Road Rage within the Transportation System. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2013; 1(6):156-163. doi: 10.12691/ajcea-1-6-5


Road rage is accepted as a legitimate danger to the safe, effective, and efficient operation of the transportation system, it is important to understand its prevalence, and the characteristics of drivers that can be used to predict potential for it. By distributing a modified version of the Deffenbacher Driving Anger Scale to a wide variety of drivers and compiling the data collected from that, it was possible to determine just how common driving anger and road rage truly were. It was found that nearly all drivers of either gender and any age were prone to at least moderate levels of anger, though specifics about driver commutes, such as length and type of commute, did significantly influence likelihood of experiencing anger. While it is likely impossible to ever eliminate this driving anger entirely, there are measures that can be taken to significantly reduce the frequency of its occurrence. By implementing changes to modern transportation engineering city design and development models, particularly focusing on reducing or reimagining urban sprawl, improving traffic flow in city driving, and implementing more strict anti-road rage laws which discourage drivers from acting on their driving anger, it is possible to eliminate some of the factors most likely to induce driving anger and road rage, thereby reducing the frequency of road rage occurrence within the transportation system as a whole.

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