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Bengaluru: Road rage up, thanks to bad traffic

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PAVAN RAO K
Published Oct 22, 2019, 1:48 am IST
Updated Oct 22, 2019, 1:48 am IST
Emphasising that stress-related disorders due to driving are a serious health concern.
Emphasising that stress-related disorders due to driving are a serious health concern, the Tata Lite survey laments there isn't any focused study in India to monitor commuting stress affecting an individual's physiology.
 Emphasising that stress-related disorders due to driving are a serious health concern, the Tata Lite survey laments there isn't any focused study in India to monitor commuting stress affecting an individual's physiology.

Bengaluru: It has long been suspected and now it is confirmed that with life becoming increasingly fast paced in the metropolitan cities of the country, people are suffering from stress during long commutes to work and are becoming prone to  road rage.

An ‘Age of Rage’ national survey conducted by Tata Salt Lite in  10 metros of  the country in August this year reveals that over half the people living in cities are prone to  road rage due to commuting in stressful traffic conditions.   As many as 56 per cent of the 2,500 respondents surveyed  admitted  they were likely to exhibit road rage if they were held up in traffic and were getting late for work  and could over-react in their responses to the traffic police and other drivers. Exhibiting a greater degree of rancour, 16 per cent of those surveyed said they “were more likely” to misbehave with other drivers or traffic police and disobey traffic laws.  

 

While most people think of road rage as violent assault,  it also includes tailgating, abrupt lane changes, speeding, and verbal threats, according to the survey, which covered Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pune, and Lucknow and Hyderabad.

Going by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB),  around 4,255  incidents of road rage were reported in Bengaluru in 2015 and  50.1 per cent of those involved  were  injured in such incidents.  While the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) – 4 makes no reference to traffic induced stress, it says 10 per cent of men in Bengaluru between the ages of 15 and 49 suffer from hypertension  and 5.6 per cent of women in the same group suffer from the disease

Emphasising that stress-related disorders due to driving are a serious health concern, the Tata Lite survey laments there isn't any focused study in India to monitor commuting stress affecting an individual's physiology. “It's a serious concern, and more people are succumbing to stress brought on by staying in their vehicles for too long in traffic, leading to all sorts of trouble like depression, hypertension, anxiety, rage, diabetes, fatigue, and even heart disease,” it adds.

Dr Aviva Pinto Rodrigues, fertility consultant, Nova IVF Fertility, who acknowledges that some day to day situations in traffic can be a contributing  cause for hypertension,  warns that the condition in men can lead to poor semen quality and  in women,  affect the lining of the uterus, which could potentially affect the healthy implantation of the embryo.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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