First there was road rage, then air rage, then sports rage, and now -- gas rage. As gas prices soar to a record high of more than $3.00 per gallon, so too do incidents of violence and theft at the pumps.
Notably, Husain "Tony" Caddi, 54, the owner of a gas station in Alabama, was run down and killed by a driver who had just helped himself to $52 worth of gas. The driver has since surrendered to police.
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And "it may get worse before it gets better, especially if we have periods of acute shortages, price hikes, or both where we will see more rageful incidents, anger, and irritability at the pumps," says Jerry Deffenbacher, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Such acute circumstances "can escalate an already simmering situation."
And the already high prices may get even higher as a result of Hurricane Katrina, which pounded the Gulf Coast of Mississippi earlier this week. As a result, an estimated 633,000 barrels of daily crude oil production, 42% of the daily average output from the Gulf Coast, was halted and at least eight refineries were also shut down.
The Bush administration has now released the reserve of oil from the government's emergency stockpile, but that may only keep prices where they are, not lower them.
No matter what happens, you can keep safe during this crisis by keeping your cool and staying out of harm's way, he says.
Gas Rage Affects More Than Just Hot Heads
"It makes sense that people are getting angry at the pumps," Deffenbacher says. "Some of the cases are individuals who are more prone to an anger or a rage reaction in general," he says. "But you also may have reasonable people who react when a series of frustrations stack up."
And due to the aftermath of the hurricane, "we may get back to early 1970s with gas lines and even more people will become irritable," he notes. During the 1970s, intense shortages led to long lines and reduced hours at gas stations.