Are You in the Angry Zone?
Test Your Driving Etiquette
October 5, 2009
Traffic psychologist Leon James, Ph.D., developed the following self-assessment after analyzing the tape recordings of hundreds of drivers who recorded themselves thinking out loud while driving. A majority got as far as step 13.
Which of the following have you engaged in?
You’ve checked off:
1 to 3: The Unfriendly Zone, mental and verbal acts of unkindness.
4 to 7: The Hostile Zone, visibly communicating resentment with the desire to punish.
8 to 11: The Violent Zone, carrying out an act of hostility in fantasy or deed.
12 to 16: The Lesser Mayhem Zone, epic road rage contained within personal limits.
17 to 20: The Major Mayhem Zone, uncontained epic road rage, the stuff of newspaper stories.
For more tests and results visit James’ Web site at drdriving.org.