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Road Rage and Aggressive Driving: Steering Clear of Highway Warfareby Leon James
Synopses & Reviews
Do you drive with stress and frustration? Do you frequently complain about other drivers or get involved in hostile interactions with other motorists? Are you afraid for your teenage drivers in this climate of highway warfare? We're in the midst of an escalating epidemic of aggressive driving, which eats up 250 billion dollars a year in economic cost and causes the misery associated with 6 million injuries every year. Now the government has declared war on road rage with tough new laws that can land people in jail for behaviors they're used to doing every day.
Traffic psychology educators Dr. Leon James and Dr. Diane Nahl trace the aggressive driving problem to its roots in childhood when child passengers imbibe their parents' aggressiveness towards other motorists and their cynicism towards regulations and the law. By the time teenagers begin to drive they've been exposed to years of media portrayals of the fun and excitement of aggressive driving with no serious consequences. The authors argue that road rage and aggressive driving are common traffic emotions experienced by the vast majority of drivers.
This authoritative book-the first to synthesize the subject of aggressive driving-presents conclusions of recent studies, highlights citizen activism, and summarizes legislative and police initiatives. Besides vivid anecdotal evidence and personal stories of typical road rage incidents that we have all experienced, James and Nahl present self-tests that readers can use to estimate their own road rage tendency, and they prescribe activities to help every driver learn self-improvement and self-awareness skills behind the wheel. The authors outline their innovative three-step program to help people transform themselves from aggressive to supportive drivers.
This book redefines driver education for all drivers, including commercial drivers and truckers. Our traffic emotions need to be trained, the authors stress, and they provide the explanations and activities needed to strengthen critical thinking about road events.
Book News Annotation:
James (University of Hawaii) and Nahl (information and computer sciences, University of Hawaii) locate the roots of aggressive driving in childhood exposure to parental attitudes about driving and media portrayals of driving. They also present the conclusions of recent studies, look at citizen activism, and summarize legislative and police initiatives. Also included are self-evaluations to measure one's own road rage, and activities to help drivers improve their self-control.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This authoritative book presents conclusions of recent studies on road rage, summarizes legislative and police initiatives, and redefines driver education for all drivers.
About the Author
Leon James, Ph.D. (Honolulu, HI), the nation's foremost authority on road rage and aggressive driving, is frequently quoted in the nation's press and has raised the standard of discussion on this topic. His expert testimony at congressional hearings in July 1997 helped legislators to realize that aggressive driving is a cultural problem. Diane Nahl, Ph.D. (Honolulu, HI), is associate professor of Information and Computer Sciences in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaii and is the founder of the new field of Driving Informatics. Dr. Nahl and Dr. James have authored the RoadRageous aggressive-driving video course, which is used in driving schools and court-mandated traffic violator schools. They're also active in aggressive-driving prevention training for law enforcement, and their Web site at DrDriving.org provides services for older drivers, commercial drivers, and teen drivers.
Table of Contents
The conflict mentality — Driving in the age of rage — Road rage and aggressive driving — Aggressive driving and mental health — Causes of highway hostility — The road rage spectrum — Driving psychology — Emotional intelligence for drivers — Three-step driver self-improvement program — Children and road rage — Road rage and aggresive driving — Supportive driving — Lifelong driver education — The future of driving — The war against aggressive driving — Speed limits-the great motorist rebellion — Dream cars and driving realities.
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