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Road Rage Survey Says: New York Full of Angry Drivers

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The state of New York has more angry and aggressive drivers than anywhere else in the nation. So says a new survey by Autovantage, which puts out the annual survey and had named Miami as the road-rage capital of America for the past four years.

This year's study again surveyed drivers in 25 major metro areas, and looked for incidents of tailgating, speeding, horn abuse and lack of anger management skills. Not only did New Yorkers clock the most observed incidents, they also were way more likely to lash out at other drivers by waving their arms, using hand gestures and blowing their horn.

The most polite drivers live in Portland and Cleveland, according to the study, while the most pleasant drivers live in Baltimore, Sacramento and Pittsburgh.

Rounding out the top five were Dallas/Fort Worth; Detroit; Atlanta; and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Former champion Miami fell to seventh.

Cell-phone use has become the most likely trigger for road rage, with 84 percent of those surveyed pointing to in-car phone use as the main reason they get angry. Drivers in Detroit and San Francisco are the biggest texting-while-driving group, while Miami drivers are most likely to groom themselves behind the wheel.

Autovantage and survey company Affinion polled 2,518 people for the survey.

[Reuters]

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  1. Road rage, perhaps ... but for sheer dangerous driving, NYC is paradise compared to Boston.
    I suspect lockjaw New Englanders repress all that rage that we New Yorkers take out in a healthy, constructive way. Instead, their fury comes out in terrifying and oblivious driving.
    That clapped-out 1984 Volvo wagon cutting across three lanes of traffic to skid around the rotary in front of the box van? Driven by a lovely upright Boston Brahmin lady who volunteers at the local library.
    Gimme New York any day. Now get your f&*%ing car outta my g0dd@mn way before I shove it up your M0&%3rf*@$1ng a$$.
     
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  2. I've only heard stories about New York and Boston from my DH and this report would seem to confirm.
    As far as the most polite cities, surely the story must mean Portland, Maine because I live in Portland, OR and most definitely do NOT concur if they meant OR.
    Now if you go North beyond Vancouver, WA they are so polite as to be a hazard most of the time.
     
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  3. I live in southern Florida,Palm Beach County..I have to say New Yorkers Are the worst.most pig headed drivers if there ever was.P>L>O =pushy,loud,obnoxious New Yorkers...
     
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  4. According to an insurance company survey, New York has the most dangerous drivers in the country. So New York not only has the angriest drivers, they have the worst drivers. It would be a nightmare that I wouldn't be able to wake up from if I had to drive with New York and New Jersey in the snow.
     
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  5. I live in NY and yes, people are aggressive. I find it strange how people focus on the reactive part of this equation (road rage) rather than the initial idiotic incidents that trigger it. I'm all for driver continuing education classes and re-certification tests to maintain one's driving privilege -- even as a NYer.
    ps - my reCaptch words included derange -- coincidence?
     
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