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Cyber cure for road rage

<p>We’ve all had the urge to flip the bird at drivers who decide to merge instead of yield, or speed up, cut us off — only to jam on the brakes because of the car ahead of them.</p>

Calgary-based website forum for drivers to vent



robin kuniski/for metro calgary


Cameron Hyder, co-founder of platerage.com hopes drivers across Alberta will take their road rage online instead of settling disputes face to face. The site allows users to blow off drive-related steam accumulated on city streets.





We’ve all had the urge to flip the bird at drivers who decide to merge instead of yield, or speed up, cut us off — only to jam on the brakes because of the car ahead of them.





Rather than taking matters into their own hands on the roadway, Calgarian Cameron Hyder invites city drivers frustrated by fellow motorists to take their gripe online at www.platerage.com.





“We just realized that every day, no matter what time of day, no matter what city you are driving in, the average person behind the wheel can get so worked up because of other drivers,” said the 25-year-old Hyder.





“We figured we could provide a safe online community so that you can go and vent a bit.”





Since launching in September Hyder said 1,000 users from across North America have signed on to air beefs about belligerent drivers.





Roadies need only log on, free of charge, to the site to rant at those who have wronged them on the roads.





The Alberta Motor Association’s Don Szarko said he’d be interested to see how this type of online ‘venting’ correlates into rage-related incidents over time — but he said it’s just another outlet for people to get the frustration off their chest.





Szarko said the surest way for motorist to handle their anger over aggressive drivers is just to “let it go.”





“Don’t engage (aggressive drivers) — you don’t know the state of mind of the individual,” said Szarko.




darren.krause@metronews.ca

 
 
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