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As kid, Luke Burbank recognized a correlation between the typically quiet and passive and those that committed road rage. (AP Photo/File)

Buttoned up? You might be guilty of road rage

Prim and proper? Buttoned up? Quiet and polite? If that's how people often describe you, Luke Burbank thinks you may be a likely culprit of road rage.

The latest (ridiculous) road rage story

Luke's theory: The people who confront others on the road are the people who don't confront people in real life.

As a kid, Luke even recognized the correlation between the typically quiet and passive and those that committed road rage.

Example: The mom who drove his after-school carpool.

"She was the nicest woman you ever met, just sweetness in life. When she got behind the wheel, she turned into a screaming maniac," said Luke.

Letting go of anger, especially on the road, is not something everyone can do. Dave Ross can't. If someone cuts him off, he lets it go because getting worked up about it isn't worth it to him.

Luke finds himself having to fight the road rage demons more often.

"You know what I'm trying to ask myself more: Am I in a big rush right now? Is it the end of the of my world that this person pulled kind of a bonehead move?

You know that person, they jumped the line. They should have waited like the rest of us, but they drove up on that little side part of the road and moved in."

The angry, reactive part of Luke will want to lay on the horn and start cussing at the egregious driving offense. The other part of him asks, 'Have I ever pulled a similar move?' If the answer is 'it's not ruining my life and yes, I've pulled a similar move,' Luke lets it go.

Maybe the license plate culprit can learn something from Luke.

Alyssa Kleven, MyNorthwest.com Editor
Alyssa Kleven is an editor and content producer at MyNorthwest.com. She enjoys doting over her adorable dachshund Winnie - named for Arcade Fire front-man Win Butler.
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