Aggressive driving can easily lead to a serious accident as people break the law or take unneeded chances. A study called "Aggressive Driving: A Consumption Experience," was published in the Journal of Psychology & Marketing, and it claimed that there were six major factors that led to aggressive driving.
In order to better understand why this happens, consider the following:
1. Aggressive driving is more common when people think that the car is tied to their self-identity.
2. Materialism can lead to aggressive driving since people value their possessions -- like a car -- far too much.
3. People who struggle with compulsive behavior tend to drive more aggressively than those who don't.
4. Young people may drive aggressively because of inexperience, overconfidence and the need to form their own self-identity. To them, showing off their skill or the vehicle itself can contribute. Older drivers who are more confident in who they are may be less likely to feel this need to prove themselves.
5. Those who break other laws are more likely to break driving laws. A criminal record could then be a predictor of this behavior.
6. Aggressive driving often stems from the pressure of time. Someone who is late for work, for example, may drive aggressively in an effort to be on time -- or as close as possible.
Has an aggressive driver broken the law, taken pointless risks, and caused an accident that could have easily been avoided? If you've been injured, you need to know what your legal rights are when facing high medical bills and many other costs.
Source: Science Daily, "People who really identify with their car drive more aggressively, study finds," accessed May 26, 2017