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Road Rage Survey Reveals Best and Worst Cities

May 23, 2006

NORWALK, CT – The first annual In The Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey, commissioned by national auto club AutoVantage, found that the least courteous city in the country is Miami, followed by Phoenix, and New York. The other two cities in the bottom five were Los Angeles and Boston. The most courteous city is Minneapolis, followed closely by Nashville, St. Louis, Seattle, and Atlanta. Other cities surveyed include Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington/Baltimore. Behaviors by other drivers that cause stress for commuters, and which can lead to road rage, include:

  • Driving too fast (57 percent observe this happening every day).
  • Tailgating (50 percent see this every day).
  • Cutting over without notice (44 percent see this every day).

    Commuters also reported that other drivers frequently:

  • Talk on their cell phones (98 percent observe this at least once a week).
  • Run red lights (59 percent observe this at least once a week).
  • Slam on the brakes (54 percent see this happening at least once a week).

    As a reaction to rude or bad driving by others, people surveyed reported that they:

  • Honked their horn at the offending driver (40 percent).
  • Cursed at the other driver (32 percent).
  • Waved their fist or arms (9 percent).
  • Made an obscene gesture (8 percent).
  • Called the police to report the driver (5 percent).
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