Day 31: Are you emotionally equipped to drive a car?

Take this test and see if you’re prone to road rage.

Twice in my life, I’ve caused wrecks because my emotions got the better of me. One time I was angry because someone cut me off. The other time I was excited about leaving for vacation.

I don’t have any excuses. The only good news is that those events happened more than 30 years ago. Today, at 65, I have a better handle on my emotions, at least behind the wheel. (You’ll have to take my word for it.)

That’s consistent with what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety say about my demographic. The safest drivers are in the age group between 64 and 69 years old.

Driving personality test

Want to see what kind of driving personality you have? This test on the Psychology Today website will give you a clue. You’ll get a snapshot report for free. If you want the full report, it will cost less than $10. I was happy with the free version.

Unfortunately, my emotionally driven driving history is common. According to the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation, nearly 80 percent of U.S. drivers admit to at least one antisocial act on the road in the past year.

As a bicycle rider, I see a lot of antisocial behavior. Some of it is from drivers, and some is from fellow cyclists. Either way, nobody wins.

More important is what you can do today to avoid confrontations with aggressive drivers. Here are some basic tips. Please be safe out there.

Photo credits: dazzled maniac Jim Morrison by Karl-Ludwig Poggemann, licensed under CC 2.0

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