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Road Rage Survey Reveals Best, Worst Cities and Bad Driving Habits

May 18, 2006

A road rage survey released Tuesday found that the least courteous city in the country is Miami, followed by Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles and Boston. The most courteous city is Minneapolis, followed by Nashville, Tenn., St. Louis, Seattle and Atlanta.Car club AutoVantage conducted the inaugural “In The Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey” to determine the driving habits and attitudes of commuters across the U.S. and to learn more about consumer views on the topic of Road Rage. The Road Rage survey also uncovered what respondents see as the major causes of road rage, which included people being in a hurry, running late, being impatient, or speeding. American drivers also said that stress, frustration, bad moods, and generally aggressive behavior contribute to the widespread phenomenon of road rage. Commuters report that 57 percent see other drivers driving too fast every day, 98 percent observe other drivers talking on cell phones while driving, and 59 percent see other drivers running red lights at least once a week. Drivers report that they most often respond to bad behavior by honking their horn (40 percent) or cursing (32 percent) at the offending driver. The study’s other key findings:? There is no real difference between men and women when it comes to road rage,? Younger drivers and those who have the farthest commutes are most likely to react to an aggressive or rude driver, ? Overall, 30 percent said they see drivers doing other things like putting on makeup or reading while driving, with highest frequency of this behavior seen in Los Angeles.? 63 percent of drivers in Miami reported seeing tailgating on a daily basis, while drivers in St. Louis are the least likely to see this (41 percent).
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