Don’t violate my Space Cushion

In the last 12 months, America has witnessed an increase of 92% acts of road rage, a total of 12,610 injuries and 218 murders committed.

It is not much better in the UK; 62% of drivers have experienced road rage, with 30% confirming a face-to-face clash with a fellow driver.

Evidently, 35% of road rage is attributed to being tailgated, 29% by slow driving, 29% by observing other drivers talking on the phone, and 29% due to lack of indication.

External factors in our everyday lives, stress, distractions, and tiredness, can further intensify road rage.

However, around our motorised pride of possession is a virtual space cushion, and technically, that makes sense; it allows safe manoeuvring and braking.

But, in addition to our safety cushion, we consider this region our Personal Space, which  psychologically feel we own.

It may not surprise you that most people value their personal space and intimate zone and feel anger, discomfort or anxiety when some mindless clown invades it.

Whilst statistically, factors such as tailgating, slow driving, etc., are allocated percentages, I have found no such statistic for the occupation of my little bit of treasured personal space.

It turns out that personal space can provide a window into people’s basic personality traits.

On that note, I think I will leave this article for today!