Persuasive Speech On Aggressive Driving
By the end of my speech, the audience will understand that aggressive driving is unsafe and should be avoided.
Aggressive driving is extremely dangerous to all parties involved, and should be avoided at any cost.
Attention Getter: Speeding, tailgating, giving the finger and outright violence. Each day Americans grow more and more likely to take out their personal frustrations on other drivers. It is called aggressive driving and it is on the incline.
Statistics: National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. (NHTSA) 1/3 of all crashes are related to aggressive driving behaviors.
USDOT-Aggressive Driving: one of the top three driving highway safety concerns along with DUI and non-use of seat belts.
Drivers fear the aggressive driver (44%) more than the drunk driver (31%).
Connection: Every day we have to deal with aggressive drivers on our roads. We run a great risk just driving around the corner to go to the store. According to U.S. News and World Report, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that two-thirds of fatalities are at least partially caused by aggressive driving. Fortunately, there is something we can do about it.
Signpost: To overcome aggressive driving we must first understand it. I would like to share with you the definitions, the emotions involved and the solutions for this growing trend.
I. What is Aggressive Driving??
A. Driving which creates undue risk or endangers the safety of another person or vehicle.
1. NHTSA—involves the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner which endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.
2. May range from personal risk-taking behavior to hostile actions towards other motorists.
3. NHTSA characterizes aggressive driving as a traffic offense.
B. Aggressive driving is defined as committing any two or more of the following violations in a single act or series of acts.
1. Improper Lane Usage—Improper Passing on Right—Improper Shoulder Driving—Following too closely—Disobeying a Police Officer—Disobeying Traffic Control Device or Sign—Drag Racing—Speeding (in construction and school zones)—Improper U-turn—Failure to Signal—Failure to Yield—Disobeying Railroad Crossing Signal
C. Penalties for the Aggressive Driver
2. Prison Time
3. Required Aggressive Driving Education
4. Suspension of License
5. Revocation of License
D. What is Road Rage??
1. Road Rage refers to a display of aggression by an angry or impatient motorist who attempts to injure or kill another driver over a traffic dispute.
2. NHTSA characterizes road rage as a criminal offense vs. aggressive driving which is viewed as a traffic offense.
Signpost: Though the driver may feel justified in his or her action, this kind of display is most times very dangerous and often will result in damage to the vehicles and the drivers.
II. Why do some people drive aggressively??
A. If you have any of the following symptoms, you too may be an Aggressive Driver.
1. Thoughts of violence against another driver
2. Always Driving in a hurry
3. Constantly criticizing other drivers
4. Not observing laws you do not agree with
5. Believing that your driving is not part of the problem
B. In the book “Steering Clear of Highway Madness by Dr. John Larson, he identifies the 5 categories of Aggressive Drivers
1. Speeders—get to a destination as fast as possible
2. Passive Aggressors—View driving events as a win/lose situation.
3. Narcissists—Angered by drivers who do not drive the way they want them to.
4. Vigilantes—Believe it is their right or duty to teach a lesson
5. Competitors—Always wanting to win or be first.
C. Dr. Arnold Nerenberg, a Road Rage Therapist, characterizes 4 major traffic situations that trigger aggressive driving.
1. Feeling Endangered
2. Being Detained (when others drive too slowly)
3. Watching others disregard the rules of the road
4. Feeling the need to retaliate
D. There are many reasons that cause drivers to drive aggressively.
1. High anger drivers tend to drive more aggressively
2. AAA study identified unsafe drivers more affected by mood.
3. Driver’s become less restrained regarding behavior because they feel they will not see the other drivers again.
4. People see their vehicle as a part of their personal space and therefore become territorial
5. Children grow up watching their parents drive aggressively along with media reinforcement.
6. Social acceptance of aggressive driving is increasing.
7. An addictive sense of power and control are attributed to aggressive driving.
Signpost: What can we do then to ensure that not only we are not victims of aggressive drivers but ensure that we do not become one ourselves?
III. Are there solutions to Aggressive Driving??
A. There are some solutions you can use before you drive to help control Aggressive Driving.
1. Create a relaxing environment with music.
2. Remind yourself that you cannot change other drivers, but you can change your response to them.
3. Practice self conscious driving: Think positively regardless of the bad driving around you.
B. There are also many solutions you can use WHILE driving to help control your Aggressive Nature.
1. Adopt the values of cooperation, tolerance and rationality.
2. Monitor your thoughts.
3. Recognize that everyone makes mistakes.
4. When you do get angry, create a distraction (count to 20 or turn on the radio)
5. Calm yourself by talking through the situation.
6. Breathe deeply, use breathing techniques to relax and regain control of yourself.
C. Am I an aggressive driver??
1. Tape record yourself while driving.
2. Listen to your comments later and note how you are really acting or thinking while you are driving.
3. Ask others who ride with you to comment on your driving
4. Visit Websites with Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Quizzes
IV. Summarize: Today we have looked at the trend of aggressive driving.
A. We have seen that it is a growing problem in our nation.
1. That it creates a very real problem to our everyday lives.
B. And that there are things we all should do to insure that we do not fall victim to this problem and ensure that we don’t become an aggressive driver ourselves.
1. I ask that you all take serious consideration when determining whether you are an Aggressive Driver or not, and take the appropriate measures to ensure you subdue those feelings of aggressiveness.
So the next time you are driving down the road minding your own business and you get cutoff, make sure this in the only finger you give. (Thumbs up!)