Are drivers angrier? What’s perception and what’s reality. – Los Angeles Times w/Prof. Ryan Martin
Recently, Jordana Berzansky was driving on a busy city street with a car full of donations for Afghan refugees. The Laguna Niguel resident felt great about her “good deed.” But then she heard the honking. She was stopped at a red light and the motorist behind her leaned hard on his horn. He waved his hands everywhere, gesturing rudely. She saw the driver pull out his phone and take a photo of her vehicle. He followed her for a few miles.
…Underlying stress, isolation and trauma from grief during the pandemic are bleeding into everyday life, particularly driving, says Ryan Martin, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay who researches anger, road rage and aggressive driving.