Psychology 409a, October 17th, 2005

My Sixth Outline of Assigned Readings

By Julia Dailey

Respect Your Passenger


Leon James and Diane Nahl (2000).  Road Rage and Aggressive Driving: Steering Clear of Highway Warfare .  Amherst, New York; Prometheus Books.  Pages 178-189.


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Instructor: Dr. Leon James


Concept One:  Road Rage Against Passengers

            A.   Road rage against passengers occurs whenever a driver is using their power behind the wheel in a way that makes the passenger feel threatened.

            B.  This behavior can be anything from ignoring a passenger’s request to slow down to yelling and screaming at them. 

            C.  It is very hard as a passenger to stand up for ones-self and harder still for a driver to accept criticism from someone who is supposed to be on their side.  I sometimes feel it is me and my passengers against the rest of the drivers.

Concept Two:  Check Yourself

            A.  It is important to understand how you are treating our passengers.  The checklists on page 184 are a chance to see where you stand.

            B.  Looking critically at yourself as a driver must include how you treat your passengers, this checks how much control you insist upon in your vehicle. 

            C.  I thought this was interesting because I never realized how controlling everything in the vehicle could make your passenger feel at your mercy in all respects.

Concept Three:  Partnership Driving

            A.  This is a method that allows passengers to have more input in an objective manner.  It allows the driver to honestly hear some concerns and fears of their passenger.

            B. Allowing for feedback will improve the driver’s skills, when a passenger says, “I would feel safer in the right hand lane,” it allows the driver to make that choice without feeling bullied and they will more likely move.

            C.  I think that this would be the most effective way to change driver-passenger relations, although it can be very hard for the passenger to remain objective.

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