Defensive Driving instructor: Patience is key to avoiding road rage

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 7:30 AM

ROUND ROCK – One day after a case of road rage ended in a shooting where a driver was injured in Round Rock, a Defensive Driving instructor tells KVUE News he believes instances of road rage go up during the summer months.

“During the summer months I personally, firmly believe that we see an increase in road rage because it's hot. People are irritated. They're upset. I think what tends to happen is A, we take things personally and B, we react without thinking about the consequences," said Marco Benavides, instructor with Happy Time Defensive Driving School. 

“There's always someone bigger, somebody stronger, somebody crazier. You have no idea who you're dealing with until you're put in that situation," added Benavides. 

Ralph Gambles, Jr. is in jail and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police say he shot another driver, Andrew Bettan, in the leg after Bettan threw a soda can in his direction. 

“When you're older, a bit more mature, a bit more experience under your belt, you don't sweat the small stuff as cliche as that sounds. And I think that's what it really boils down to. Be patient, don't take things personally, simple as that," said Benavides.

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