Monday, August 17, 2009

Road Rage #%&* It's personal!

Many cyclists fear for their safety when a motor vehicle 'near misses' them.
They feel frightened by their mortal vulnerability to the 'sherman tank' car

It may surprise cyclists to find that motorists 'cocooned' in their 'sherman tank' also feel threatened psychologically by an invasion of their personal space by a 'harmless' bike.

Body language expert Alan Pease found:
“Psychologists have noted that people driving cars react in a manner that is often completely unlike their normal social behaviour as regards their territories.”

“It seems that a car sometimes has a magnifying effect on the size of a person’s personal space. In some cases, their territory is magnified by up to ten times the normal size, so the driver feels that he/shehas a claim to an area of 3.7 to 4.6 metres in front of and behind his/her car”

"When another Driver(or Rider)cuts in front of him/her, even if no danger is involved, the Driver may go through a physiological change becoming angry and even attacking the other Driver (Rider) (or vice verca).

Compare this to the situation that occurs when the same Man/Woman is stepping into an Elevator and another person steps in front of him/her, invading his/her personal territory."

"His/Her reaction in those circumstances is normally apologetic and he/she allows the other man/woman to go first, remarkably different from what happens when another driver (rider) cuts in front of him/her on the open road."

Body Language by Alan Pease “Territories and Zones”
(One wonders the length of personal space involved if the motor vehicle is an E Type Jaguar?)

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