According to Jurek Grabowski, Director of Research for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic, and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage.
Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly.”
Being on the road is stressful for humans. Why?
For one, there are far too many people on the road.
Barry Markell, PhD., is a psychotherapist in Park Ridge, Illinois who has treated both road rage offenders and victims.
“You know those studies of overcrowding in rats?” Markell asks. “Well, rats are usually okay until there is one rat too many in an enclosed space, and then they all turn on each other. There are far more people on the road than ever before. Crowding causes aggression.”
What are some common examples of aggressive driving that can lead to road rage? According to AAA:
- Deliberate tailgating
- Yelling at another driving
- Intentionally blocking another car from changing lanes
- Honking to show frustration with another driver
- Purposely cutting off another vehicle
- Getting out of the car to confront another driver
- Hitting another vehicle on purpose
“It’s completely normal for drivers to experience anger behind the wheel, but we must not let our emotions lead to destructive choices,” says AAA Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research. “Don’t risk escalating a frustrating situation because you never know what the other driver might do. Maintain a cool head and focus on reaching your destination safely.”
You could also consider it like this.
Anxiety and stress are extremely common.
Put a person who’s frustrated, stressed out, anxious, violent in general behind the wheel and you’ve got a possible recipe for disaster.
According to one expert in road rage and human behavior, “The heavy metal of a car is a safe haven. Road ragers don’t think about consequences or even about other people on the road as real people.”
One way to maintain a cool head and chill out behind the wheel?
That’s only if it doesn’t affect your driving ability, of course!
Here we’ll take a deeper look at how CBD could help with road rage.
Combating Road Rage with CBD
Let’s be real. If you drive a car, you’ve likely experienced road rage at least once in your lifetime.
Aggressive driving and angry drivers are unfortunately quite common.
Whether you’re prone to road rage yourself or find yourself the victim of road rage on your daily commute, CBD could help.
In a groundbreaking 2015 study, researchers found CBD to be a “potential treatment for anxiety disorders.”
After reviewing evidence from preclinical, human experimental, clinical, and epidemiological studies, researchers concluded that this evidence strongly suggests CBD could be a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
In other words, CBD is excellent at helping you chill out…which we all know many drivers could stand to do.