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For the first time in four years, a new city has claimed the title as the worst in the U.S. for road rage. New York has unseated Miami as the least courteous city, as indicated by the fourth annual In the Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey.
The survey found the most courteous city — the one with the least road rage — to be Portland, Ore., which moved up from the number two spot in last year’s survey. Pittsburgh, Pa., was ranked number one in the 2008 study.
Commissioned by a national auto club, AutoVantage, the In the Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey is conducted to determine the driving habits and attitudes of motorists across the country and to learn more about their views on road rage.
What makes them so angry?
When asked the major causes of road rage, the most frequent responses from survey respondents were:
• Bad/careless driving, such as cutting others off, speeding, tailgating, talking on cell phones, making obscene gestures and not using proper signals.
• People who are angry, stressed, frustrated, tired or had a bad day.
• People being in a hurry, impatient or running late.
• Traffic problems, accidents, poor road conditions or construction.
• Inconsiderate, disrespectful, selfish drivers who think they own the road.
To boost safety awareness, this year’s survey sought to define road rage in America. Responses overwhelmingly pointed to two attributes:
• Angry drivers, including those who overreact to perceived rudeness or recklessness from other motorists and lose their tempers.
• Aggressive driving, including cutting into lanes, tailgating, speeding and honking.