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A Communicative Approach to Road Rage: Accounts of Driving and Retaliation
Unformatted Document Text:  Road Rage 28 Table 1 Road Rage Message Types ______________________________________________________________________________ Initiating Behaviors Reactions Message Types (examples) N % N % Vehicular Communication 69 89.6 135 46.2 Passive 11 14.3 21 7.2 Slowing down, Touching or Tapping Brakes Competitive 40 51.9 44 15.1 Cutting-off the other driver, Speeding around Racing, Boxing in, Inching over Intimidating 14 18.3 58 19.9 Tailgating, Flashing lights Honking the horn, Pulling beside the other car Revving engine Intentionally Harmful 4 5.2 12 4.1 Slamming/Hitting brakes Running off the road Aggressive Communication 4 5.2 79 27.1 Obscene gestures, Yelling obscenities, Threats and accusations Physical Violence 2 2.6 19 6.5 Throwing objects, Spitting, Fighting with fists Avoidance 0 45 15.4 No response, Locking doors Leaving the scene Cooperative Acts 0 11 3.8 Apology, Attempts to reconcile Passive/Aggressive Acts 2 2.6 3 1.0 Laughing at the other driver, Mock waving ______________________________________________________________________________ Note: Totals for each major category are italicized.

Authors: Canary, Daniel., Mikkelson, Alan., Switzer, Frank. and Bailey, Carrie.
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Road Rage 28
Table 1

Road Rage Message Types
______________________________________________________________________________
Initiating Behaviors
Reactions
Message Types (examples)
N %
N %
Vehicular Communication
69 89.6
135 46.2
Passive
11 14.3
21 7.2
Slowing down, Touching or Tapping Brakes
Competitive
40 51.9
44 15.1
Cutting-off the other driver, Speeding around
Racing, Boxing in, Inching over
Intimidating
14 18.3
58 19.9
Tailgating, Flashing lights
Honking the horn, Pulling beside the other car
Revving engine
Intentionally Harmful
4 5.2
12 4.1
Slamming/Hitting brakes
Running off the road

Aggressive Communication
4
5.2
79 27.1
Obscene gestures, Yelling obscenities,
Threats
and
accusations

Physical Violence
2
2.6
19
6.5
Throwing objects, Spitting,
Fighting with fists

Avoidance
0
45 15.4
No response, Locking doors
Leaving the scene

Cooperative Acts
0
11
3.8
Apology, Attempts to reconcile

Passive/Aggressive Acts
2
2.6
3
1.0
Laughing at the other driver,
Mock
waving
______________________________________________________________________________
Note: Totals for each major category are italicized.


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