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Aggresive Driving

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Purpose: To persuade people that aggressive driving should be avoided.

I. Speeding, tailgating, giving the finger and outright violence. Each day Americans grow more and more likely to take out their personal frustrations on other drivers. It is called aggressive driving and it is on the incline.
II. Driving is a curious combination of public and private acts. A car isolates a driver from the world even as it carries him through it. The sensation of personal power is intoxicating. Aggressive driving includes such things as illegal or improper lanes changes or turns, failing to stop of yield the right of way, excessive speeds, and an assortment of gestures, looks, and verbally abusive language.
III. Everyday we have to deal with these people on our roads. We run a great risk just driving around the corner to go to the store or a quiet trip to church. According to U.S. News and World Report, the U.S. Departments of Transportation estimates that two-thirds of fatalities are at least partially caused by aggressive driving. Fortunately, there is something we can do to help reduce the problem.

Preview: To overcome aggressive driving we must first understand it. I would like to share with you the problem, the dangers, and the solutions for this growing trend.

I. The number one cause of aggressive driving behaviors is the discourteous or inattentive driver.
A. The number one cause is probably the “left-lane hog”, according to a story in the Amarillo Daily News.
1. Other discourteous driving behaviors include failure to signal before a lane change, changing lanes too closely to the other drivers, and tailgating.
B. It is these seemingly unaware drivers that infuriate the aggressive driver and trigger the Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde transformation.
1. Reducing enforcement, highway traffic, congestion or personal issues also play a large role in the disposition o...

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