• People who perceive their car as a reflection of their self-identity are more likely to behave aggressively on the road and break the law.
  • People with compulsive tendencies are more likely to drive aggressively with disregard for potential consequences.
  • Increased materialism, or the importance of one’s possessions, is linked to increased aggressive driving tendencies.
  • Young people who are in the early stages of forming their self-identity might feel the need to show off their car and driving skills more than others. They may also be overconfident and underestimate the risks involved in reckless driving.
  • Those who admit to aggressive driving also admit to engaging in more incidents of breaking the law.
  • A sense of being under time and pressure leads to more aggressive driving.

Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about someone driving recklessly for one of the reasons listed above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you or someone you were riding with drove recklessly.

Art Prompt: Reckless Driving

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous or touching story about your very first car and what it meant to you.

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2 Responses to Prompt #236 Baby You Can Drive My Car

  1. I once drove with my then-boyfriend’s best friend to pick him up at the airport. I have never before or since felt as strongly I was about to die in a vehicle. It was raining, and he was all about speeding, last minute lane changes, hard braking almost up to other cars’ bumpers… but was too scared to actually speak up.

    This would not happen to me today; I would speak up, quite loudly if needed.

    • Liz says:

      I once told my ex to let me out in the middle of the freeway. Told him that it would be safer than riding in a car he was driving. He stopped driving like a crazy person… that time. He had a problem with anger when driving – golf course and highways.

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