Territorial Markings as a Predictor of Driver Aggression and Road Rage

Aggressive driving has received substantial media coverage during the past decade. This research reports on 3 studies testing a territorial explanation of aggressive driving. Altman (1975) described attachment to, personalization of, and defense of primary territories (e.g., home) as being greater than for public territories (e.g., sunbathing spot on a beach). Aggressive driving may occur when social norms for defending a primary territory (i.e., one's automobile) become confused with less aggressive norms for defending a public territory (i.e., the road). Both number of territory markers (e.g., bumper stickers, decals) and attachment to the vehicle were significant predictors of aggressive driving. Mere presence of a territory marker predicts increased use of the vehicle to express anger and decreased use of adaptive/constructive expressions.

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  • Authors:
    • Szlemko, William J
    • Benfield, Jacob A
    • Bell, Paul A
    • Deffenbacher, Jerry L
    • Troup, Lucy
  • Publication Date: 2008-6


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 1664-1688
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  • Accession Number: 01110789
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 11 2008 12:53PM