Advanced Listening Practice

Anger Behind The Wheel

A radio program about road rage.

Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. Then listen again to check.

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1. What does Neil say about the American Road accident figures?
    They have improved recently.
    A minority of accidents are caused by aggressive driving.
    Some form of Road rage causes about one third of these casualties.

2. Why does Neil believe cars are being used more often as weapons?
    People preferred this to one-to-one physical confrontation.
    Cars are getting faster and more powerful.
    People are afraid of carjacking.

3. Why does Beth mention her father and how driving was in his day?
    To demonstrate that Road rage existed in the past but on a smaller scale.
    To demonstrate that people drove very well in the past.
    To demonstrate that people's reactions to bad driving have changed remarkably.

4. Which of these does Neil not mention as a contributing factor towards an increase in road rage?
    New Road construction has not kept up with increase in traffic quantity.
    A lack of proper education of young drivers to prepare them for modern driving.
    High traffic periods being concentrated in the mornings and evenings.
    People being increasingly in a rush and not leaving enough time for journeys.

5. What does the expression "unforeseen circumstances" mean in the context of this radio program?
    People are surprised at the destructive force of a car.
    People are surprised by the aggressiveness of other drivers.
    People don't expect such heavy sentences for traffic offences.

6. What basic advice does Neil give at the end of his talk with Beth?
    Drive slower.
    Get to work earlier.
    Leave home earlier.

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