Heat and Road Rage

Knoxville (WVLT) - When it’s this hot it can be pretty miserable whether you’re outdoors or just driving around.

Obviously it's hot and pretty unbearable if you're outside long enough.

Doctors say when you take that stress and get behind the wheel, you could be putting yourself and other drivers around you in danger.

Experts say road rage is more common in these extreme temperatures, as people are more irritable.

They say heat is a stress point, which can add to a driver's frustration.

"If a person's in a hurry, if something hasn't gone well that day, you know the heat is just another factor that can make whatever emotion they're dealing with a bit harder to deal with,” says psychologist Dr. Lee Whitaker.

Doctor Whitaker says anyone prone to anger can experience road rage.

If you think you're on the verge of a meltdown in traffic, Whitaker says you should take deep breaths and think about getting to your destination safely.

Sometimes, it's easier said than done in the heat.


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