Rambo’s of the Road


In Gottfried’s essay “Rambo’s of the road” he describes his experiences with road rage and how he reacted to it. Gottfried came to the conclusion that “in our cars we all become a little crazy” and I agree with him. But we can take steps to encourage less stressful and aggressive drivers by having more supervision with younger drivers, adding a requirement of anger management before one gets a license, and ignoring other crazy drivers. By doing this we will teach tolerance and make the road a safer place to be.


As a young driver I find that I am always in a hurry to get somewhere even if I don’t have to be at my destination at any specific time. So when there is traffic or a driver is going to slow I get angry. But when my parents are with me I am on good behavior. Perhaps it is this way with other young drivers, we are more courteous and patient when are parents are with us when driving. But when I am with my friends my car become a rollercoaster ride, I drive fast and carelessly. My parents do not get road rage therefore they set a good example for me, to drive the way they do. If I were to have more supervision now then maybe I wouldn’t be so careless when I am with my friends and less anxious when by myself.


Many people do not fully understand the effect that road rage can have on a person until they are faced with it. By the time this first encounter occurs it is too late to turn back, they are at the mercy of there anger. But we can prevent this from happening by requiring Anger management for every driver before they get there license. Anger management teaches how to become tolerant of others who provoke us and it also helps us repress our anger. I believe that requiring this will help drivers to avoid problems like fighting over a parking space, speeding up when others intend to pass us and so on.


Gottfried recalls the suggested advice from a New York taxi driver when faced with road rage, “…drive as if you’re deaf and blind. You don’t hear the other guy’s horn and you sure as hell don’t see him.” Ignoring other drivers is an excellent way to stop the spreading of road rage. Because that is what road rage is the transferring of frustration from one driver to another. By ignoring this other driver we prevent a fight and the anger from escalating. Also we realize how ridiculous it is to get upset over a traffic jam. And therefore not wanting to look ridiculous ourselves we do not get road rage.


In conclusion, I do think that we can control road rage by learning from our elders how to drive with tolerance and responsibility. We can change the law requirements to receive a license by adding an anger management class to the standards. Then we as individuals should put the knowledge we got from the anger management class to work by ignoring others on the road and focusing on driving safely. Hopefully with this new knowledge we could see a decline in road rage.