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Martin Gottfrieds portrayal of American drivers in Rambos of the Road is only partially accurate Gottfried 2005 p474-476 I have had experiences with both considerate motorists as well as aggressive motorists This article looks at the angry drivers without even considering the more passive ones In Gottfrieds conclusion he states It seems to me that it is a new America we see on the road now It has the mentality of a hoodlum and the backbone of a coward Gottfried 2005 p476 Though it seems true that road rage is taking over the streets of America many people utilize their will power to control their road rage It is much more likely for a person to be an aggressive driver in a busy over populated city like New York than in a less populated city like Tucson The more people that are on the road cause us to drive unsafely In Rambos of the Road Gottfried discusses a conversation with a Manhattan taxi driver where the driver told him intimidation is the name of the game Drive as if youre deaf and blind You dont hear the other guys horn and you sure as hell dont see him Gottfried 2005 p475 On a crowded island like Manhattan you have to drive forcefully in order to get anywhere in a given time Although I usually took the subway to and from my destination when I was there occasionally I would have to hail a cab I looked forward to these occasions because the driver would always teach me effective ways to get through crowds which I further utilized to get through the Christmas crowd on 5th Avenue If the cabbies did not drive in a crazy manner not only would it have taken much longer to get to my destination but also it just would not have felt like New York Perhaps people used to behave civil on the roads but the population of New
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