Just because someone abuses drugs, or any other substance for that matter, doesn’t necessarily indicate they are more likely to incite road rage. There is no scientific evidence to support such a claim, as road rage can be caused by not only a variety of factors, but a whole range of different personalities.
We’ve all heard of Type A personalities, those people who are like ticking time bombs and ready to go off at a moment’s notice. These folks have a high percentage of incidents, according to AAA, who track different road issues. It just makes sense when we think about it, people who get set off for the slightest annoyance are definitely going to get set off when they are driving on the roadways.
So what sorts of factors cause road rage? Due to the high incidence of some people who use their cell phones while driving, and who are four times more likely to cause or be involved in accidents, these folks are at the top of the list. Here’s a good example of a road rage incident: It is rush hour, and those who hope to gain a bit more speed will travel in the lane that appears to be going faster, typically the left lane. Now we have someone in that lane that is not only weaving at a slow speed, they might be tapping their brakes randomly, speeding up and slowing down for no good reason, and just not paying attention. Now we have a driver behind them wondering what the heck is going on with this driver, so they try to get around this person by shifting over to the middle lane. But they can’t seem to pass the driver as there is too much traffic. When this irritated driver looks over at this irregular driver who is driving foolishly, they notice they are on a cell phone, and maybe using their fingers to type into it! Look out, here is a road rage incident that is brewing!
The facts state that engaging in this cell phone behavior is just like driving with a 0.8 blood alcohol level! That is the reason why close to forty states now have laws on the books about driving and cell phone use. Driving and talking or doing anything else with a cell phone is just not worth it, and a higher degree of accidents or road rage is usually the result. So it is not substance abuse at the top of the list, though substance abuse can definitely be a factor.
Another example is drinking alcohol, and how some folks get more violent when drinking, and others don’t. It comes down to personality, and whether little things can set someone off, or whether someone has more patience than someone else. But substance abuse is not the main cause of road rage, not at all.