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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving season, and to get you in the mood, Expedia has published its annual Road Rage Report. Some of the findings may surprise you, and a few might suggest ways for you to improve your own driving habits.
In gathering data for the 2014 report, Expedia partnered with marketing firm Northstar to poll 1,001 Americans about their driving habits. The goal? To see how people like (and hate) to travel: things that they prefer, and things that really tick them off.
Among the latter are drivers who text behind the wheel. In fact, when survey participants were asked to name the five most-annoying types of drivers, "The Texter" showed up in 69 percent of responses. Here's how the other sorts of motorists stacked up:
That said, respondents acknowledged that they engaged in annoying habits themselves, from time to time. Roughly 58 percent admitted to being a Speeder, while 55 percent said that they use their cell phone at least some of the time while driving (which is more or less in keeping with previous surveys). All told, 74 percent of men and 68 percent of women admitted to some kind of aggressive driving behavior.
Perhaps not surprisingly, rudeness begets rudeness, meaning that densely populated cities can be hotbeds for discourteous driving. New York City was voted home base for America's rudest drivers by 33 percent of respondents, while Los Angeles came in second, with 22 percent of the vote. There was a good bit of disagreement about the #3 spot, but Atlanta eventually nabbed it, with nine percent of the vote.
However, American's aren't entirely evil. In fact, 55 percent of those surveyed said that they'd stopped to help a driver that they didn't know. The numbers were higher for older motorists (64 percent of folks 55 and over) than younger ones (42 percent of those between 18 and 34).
Other fun facts gleaned from the survey include: