Have you ever yelled yourself hoarse at an inexplicably bad driver who cut you off? Mumbled about how poorly others are driving around you? Run someone off the road because you didn't like their personalized license plate? Well answering yes to one of these makes you a real road rager. If you can't figure out which one that is, just fill out this checklist from the book "Road Rage and Aggressive Driving: Steering Clear of Highway Warfare" (Prometheus, $21 - $14.70 on Amazon) below.
Here is the checklist followed by an analysis of your score:
1. Mentally condemning another driver.
2. Verbally denigrating another driver to passengers in your vehicle.
3. Closing ranks to deny someone entry into your lane because you?re frustrated or upset.
4. Giving another driver the ?stink eye? to show your disapproval.
5. Speeding past another car or revving the engine as a sign of protest.
6. Preventing another driver from passing because you?re mad.
7. Tailgating to pressure a driver to go faster or get out of the way.
8. Fantasizing physical violence against another driver.
9. Honking or yelling at someone through the window to indicate displeasure.
10. Making a visible obscene gesture at another driver.
11. Using your car to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers.
12. Pursuing another car because of a provocation or insult.
13. Getting out of the car and engaging in a verbal dispute on a street or in a parking lot.
14. Carrying a weapon in the car in case you decide to use it in a driving incident.
15. Deliberately bumping or ramming another car in anger.
16. Trying to run another car off the road to punish the driver.
17. Getting out of the car and beating or battering someone as a result of a road exchange.
18. Trying to run down someone whose actions angered you.
19. Shooting at another car.
20. Killing someone.
? You are an unfriendly driver if you are guilty of items 1 to 3, which are mental and verbal acts of unkindness toward other drivers.
? You are a hostile driver if you are guilty of items 4 to 7, which visibly communicate displeasure or resentment with the desire to punish or retaliate.
? You are a violent driver if you are guilty of items 8 to 11, in which you carry out an act of hostility either in fantasy or in deed.
? You are in a lesser mayhem zone if you are guilty of items 12 to 16, illustrating road rage contained within personal limits.
? You are in a major mayhem zone if you are guilty of items 17 to 20, showing epic road rage, the stuff of violent media headlines.
Autoblog: If you answered yes to #20 please don?t comment below.