Top 5 U.S. Cities with Angriest and Most Aggressive Drivers
The In the Driver's Seat 2009 AutoVantage Road Rage Survey was released Tuesday, June 16, a study that reveals the driving habits and attitudes of drivers across the United States.
The top five cities with the most road rage include:
1. New York
2. Dallas/Fort Worth
5. Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Miami topped the annual poll for the last four years but voters in 25 major metropolitan areas gave New Yorkers the prize for angriest, most aggressive drivers who tailgate, speed, honk their horns, overreact and lose their tempers.
"New Yorkers were most likely to wave their fists or arms. They were most likely to lay on the horn and they were most likely to make some sort of obscene gesture," said Michael Bush, of the marketing and consulting company Affinion Group, which commissioned the survey.
The survey also named the five most courteous cities:
The survey identified road rage as being defined by:
1. Angry drivers (who overreact and lose temper)
2. Aggressive driving (such as cutting into lanes, tailgating, speeding, and honking)
When asked the major causes of road rage, the most frequent responses 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