Truckdriver and OOIDA member Joel Shorey recently was honored for a book he wrote on how to defend yourself against road rage.
Shorey, author of "Bullies Behind The Wheel, How Your Reactions to Aggressive Drivers Can Cause Road Rage, or Prevent It!" recently won a humor award from the Colorado Independent Publisher's Association.
"When asked why I use humor for such a serious topic, I point out that authors like Mark Twain and Will Rogers were masters at using satire to make important points," Shorey says. "I believe a sense of humor is critical in dealing with aggressive drivers. From cover to cover, examples in this book show the right attitude any driver can take when faced with road rage."
Shorey, of Englewood, CO, should know. A full-time professional truckdriver for the last 13 years, he has logged more than two million accident- and ticket-free miles throughout the United States and Canada. He currently hauls mining equipment to Canada and Alaska.
"I see people do the same stupid things all the time. Drivers must learn to deal with their own reactions so they're not angry," he says. "You can't do anything about the other guy. You have to take care of yourself."
Shorey notes that after September 11, aggressive driving almost disappeared for several weeks. He says that proves a small shift in attitude can have a huge impact.
"We'll always have bullies on our roads, especially in metropolitan areas where congestion runs high. The goal is to deal with them in a way that gives you control instead of them. This reduces the stress of driving and allows traffic to move more smoothly... something we all want," Shorey says.
The book has been endorsed by law enforcement. Robert L. Montgomery, retired Lieutenant with the Colorado State Patrol and retired safety manager at Leprino Transportation of Denver, says Shorey's ideas in this award-winning book hit the mark. "During my 30 years in law enforcement and 10 years in trucking safety, I can associate hundreds of deaths investigated directly to the various aggressive acts portrayed in Bullies Behind The Wheel. All drivers and soon-to-be drivers would do well to read it."
Detective David Thomas, who spent 15 years in traffic investigations and auto theft in Aurora, CO, says "This book could be a good tool for new officer training, defensive driving courses, and driver's education classes in school ... good places to start preventing the impulsive driving habits people develop."
"Bullies Behind The Wheel" is available in audiocassette format, read by the author. For more information, visit www.bulliesbehindthewheel.com.
--Keith Goble, staff writer