If you have ever witnessed road rage, you know just how incredibly angry people can get over the smallest things. People may drive recklessly and aggressively or even initiate accidents because of something as simple as forgetting to use your blinker when you change lanes.

It’s interesting to look at why driving makes people so angry, compared to most other daily activities. Why is “road rage” even a term that we all know and understand so well? Below are three reasons:

1. A goal gets blocked or delayed

We value schedules and being on time tremendously in the United States. We have goals whenever we leave the house. If someone slows you down in any way, even by a few seconds, you take it as a personal affront because it blocks your goal and inhibits your life.

2. You are in danger

Any time you drive, you face a certain amount of danger and risk. When someone else makes a mistake, it can put your life in jeopardy. That’s why you feel angry when you have to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. That person’s carelessness threatened you and your family.

3. You don’t know each other

Every other driver is basically anonymous. These are faceless people that you do not know and have never encountered before. One mistake on the road leaves you questioning someone’s intelligence when that person could be a scientist or a doctor. You don’t know, but these quick judgments make it easy for anger to flare up against anonymous drivers.

Have you been the victim of an accident caused by road rage and reckless driving? If so, make sure you understand all of your legal rights.