Why road rage escalates so quickly

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Why road rage escalates so quickly

By Christina Myers. CREATED Jul 18, 2014
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On the heels of two men arrested for a road rage fight that ended in a 9-year-old girl being shot, 9 On Your Side wanted to know why people are so aggressive behind the wheel. 
Road rage seems to take hold even of people who are calm and collected in every day life.
"'I didn't know what I was doing at the time, something just came over me, I saw red, I kind of blacked out,' those are typical answers we hear in road rage situations,"said threat assessment expert Steve Albrecht.
Albrecht said people often feel a "primitive" rage reflex when they drive. 
"A lot of people have kind of a split personality," said Albrecht. "They act differently when they're behind the wheel because they feel entitled, often times they feel very territorial about the space that they're in."
Albrecht said the stresses of the day tend to come out in the car, where people feel very territorial.
Few road rage fights end with physical violence, according to Albrecht. However, he said if you do come across someone with road rage just don't fight back.
"Sometimes people feel like if they're attacked verbally or with finger gestures and things like that, they've got to respond. And my answer is don't respond; change lanes, get out of that person's way, let them go ahead," said Albrecht.
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Christina comes to Tucson all the way from Rhode Island. She is very excited to be at KGUN 9 as a Weekend Anchor and reporter and can't wait to explore Tucson.