According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about 37-percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm, and within a week’s time Texoma had two road rage incidents where guns were drawn.
James McGinn, a professional counselor said the key is to not take aggressive driving personally and to control your emotional response.
“It's just a buildup of emotions and it comes out in their driving versus a healthy way of expressing emotion,” said McGinn.
He adds there are two halves of the brain. One is logical and the other emotional, and those who suffer from road rage are not thinking rationally.
“They just become aggressive to get out some of that anger and frustration that they can't get out through the normal means of talking through it,” said McGinn.
Wichita Falls Police Officer Jeff Hughes said the increase in road rage incidents is caused by distracted drivers.
McGinn said look at your response instead of your reaction and do not let other drivers affect you emotionally.
“In the big scheme of things someone's rude driving shouldn't force you into an exaggerated event where violence occurs,” said McGinn.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s study shows 66-percent of traffic deaths are caused by aggressive driving.
If a road rage situation does get out of hand or if you feel threatened call 911 immediately and drive to a public place or the police station.