Unnecessary Braking Syndrome is a tragic illness that affects millions of drivers in the United States every year. The numbers are growing each year with hope for a cure dwindling each and every day. That is why we have created "TFFUB" (The Foundation For Unnecessary Braking). This organization's goals are to increase awareness of Unnecessary Braking Syndrome (UBS), to improve treatments, and through research, to find a cure.
UBS appears to affect drivers 16 years of age and older although is primarily seen in adults over the age of 35. Individuals living in large cities such as Los Angeles seem to be more predisposed to developing UBS than those living in smaller cities or rural towns. Scientists are unsure whether UBS is a genetic disorder, but they have not ruled out the possibility that it is caused by a defective chromosome. If that is proven to be the case doctors may one day be able to detect a fetus carrying the defect and possibly even cure the disease before the child is born. Unnecessary Braking Syndrome has a gradual onset and most sufferers of UBS are unaware they even have the disease. It is very apparent to outside observers, especially those following in cars directly behind, that an individual has UBS.
Symptoms of UBS include:
- Putting an unnecessary amount of space between your car and the car in front of you (especially in high traffic)
- Braking spontaneously without cause (the car in front of you did not break and there are no obstructions on road) in what seems to be an effort to annoy the person behind you.
- Sudden varying of driving speed from 10-15 miles below the speed limit to 10-15 miles above.
Those with UBS may also experience:
- Slow drifting from side to side within a lane and possibly drifting into other lanes
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Leaving turn signal on without changing lanes
Sufferers of UBS are advised to not talk on the phone while driving. Even handsfree handsets can create problems for UBS sufferers. Eat while driving or apply makeup also increases your risk of Unnecessary Braking Syndrome and should be avoided.
If you think you or someone you love may have UBS please seek help. While there currently is no cure doctors are working everyday on potential treatments that may may UBS manageable. Treatment is still in the experimental phases of research. Side effects have shown to be nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, headaches and more unnecessary braking.
If you would like to help TFFUB in the fight against UBS we will be holding our first annual "Drive For the Cure" event Saturday October 6, 2007. TFFUB is currently accepting donations to continue research and treatment.
Mail donations to:
make checks payable to "Jessica Lee"
All donation amounts acceptable.
Thank you. Let's work together to fight Unnecessary Braking Syndrome. Together we can make traffic better...and Jess less pissed off.