Road Rage Survey Says: New York Full of Angry Drivers

June 16, 2009

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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