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1. Are you a good person whose patience is often tested when you get behind the wheel?
2. When you become frustrated by bad drivers, do your passengers ever act as if somehow you're to blame?
3. Do you find yourself defending your emotions while the true culprits behind them are completely ignored?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book will take you on a joyride!
Finally someone shows compassion for the millions of us who feel "road rage" without letting it affect our behavior. Using his own unique blend of humor, empathy, and satire, David Allan exposes the guilty parties who aggravate others. You'll learn why he applies pass/fail grading to the driving public, differentiating those who feel frustration (Class A) from those who cause it (Class F). He even provides us with a myriad of useful driving tips. As one reader put it, "This book is the perfect roadmap for dealing with "F"s!"
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strong>A road rage riot ...
So there you are, the personification of the safe driver — you've got both hands on the wheel and your mirrors meticulously set, your seat belt's fastened and your car's cruising along in the highway''s traveling lane right at the speed limit.
Then it happens. The interstate's resident speed demon blazes up behind you and immediately begins tailgating. There's an open passing lane, but Mr. "I Can't Drive 55" decides to flash his lights with all the ferocity of a sinking ocean liner before angrily veering off within inches of your car and whipping by you on the right hand side.
He's up and over the horizon in less than a minute, leaving you broiling in your car hoping against all hope that you'll see Mr. Speedy pulled over by police a few miles up the road.
Unfortunately, you never see those cruiser lights.
David Allan feels your pain.
For years, psychologists have pontificated about what causes road rage and how society can solve the problem. Thankfully, Allan's book, Why We Feel Road Rage ... and Why It's Your Fault! is no such egg–headed tome.
Rather, this often times laugh–out–loud work takes a refreshingly humorous look at the frustration we all carry with us as we cruise from point A to B.
Cleverly divided into 15 exits (his term for chapters), Allan's work bounces along at the manic pace of an overly caffeinated trucker as the author traverses more than 100 road rage situations he injects with his own quirky and offbeat sense of humor.
Everything from the "Idiotarod" — Allan's term for overly cautious drivers who plod along side by side in snow at less than 20 mph on the highway — to the "Twits Family Robinson" — that annoying family who walk four abreast in front of your car for 50 spaces in the mall parking lot — is covered in the book.
Each incident, all of which are cleverly named ("Alice in Dunderland, " "The Incomplete P(ass), " and "It's a Car Not a Phone Booth" were personal favorites) are brought to life through fantastic illustrations, which Allan created himself using computer software over the course of more than a year.
In total, Allan said writing the book took about two years, with the illustrations consuming the bulk of that time.
He billed the work as homage to good drivers and said he hopes people reading the book will be able to relate to, but most importantly, laugh at, the rage–inducing situations his book lays out.
"I hope [the book] helps people take their frustration and turn it into humor, " Allan said. "We can't help the way we feel, we're wired the way we're wired, but we can certainly help what we do about it. "In a country where Googling "road rage" immediately directs to a video of an elderly woman slapping a convertible with her purse (go ahead, look it up), Allan says he hopes Why We Feel Road Rage ... and Why It's Your Fault! helps to both legitimize local motorists' frustrations about bad drivers and help readers laugh about situations which otherwise may have left them waving to motorists with one finger.
"The epidemic to me is people who internalize that type of rage, " Allan said. "I want to get [road rage] away from the fringe and get away from the crazies and move it into ... good people who are frustrated behind the wheel. I want to give them a place to take their frustration other than steam coming out of their ears. " --Patrick Skahill, Stonebridge Press Newspapers
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