NYC supplants Miami road rage capital

June 16, 2009 3:56:48 PM PDT
For the first time in four years, a new city has claimed the title as the worst in the country for road rage. And it's right in our front yard. New York has unseated Miami as the least courteous city, according to the fourth annual In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey, commissioned by AutoVantage, a leading national auto club.

The Big Apple moved up from its No. 3 ranking last year to claim the distinction. Rounding out the five worst cities for road rage are Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

The survey also named a new city as the most courteous. Portland, Ore., took the top spot, moving up from No. 2 last year. It was followed by Cleveland, Baltimore, Sacramento and Pittsburgh.

The In the Driver's Seat 2009 AutoVantage Road Rage Survey was conducted to determine the driving habits and attitudes of commuters across the country and to learn more about consumer views on the topic of road rage.

"At AutoVantage, we've made the drive easier every day by completing more than 1 million service calls for our customers, offering everything from 24-hour roadside assistance to towing to lockout service and more," AutoVantage vice president Brad Eggleston said. "This survey is another way we assist drivers by revealing the latest driving trends and attitudes to educate and influence safer, and perhaps more courteous, driving habits."

Least Courteous Cities (last year's results in parenthases):

  • 1. New York (Miami)
  • 2. Dallas/Fort Worth (Boston)
  • 3. Detroit (New York)
  • 4. Atlanta (Baltimore)
  • 5. Minneapolis/St. Paul (Washington, D.C.)

    Most Courteous Cities (last year's results):

  • 1. Portland, Ore. (Pittsburgh)
  • 2. Cleveland (Portland, Ore.)
  • 3. Baltimore (Seattle)
  • 4. Sacramento (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
  • 5. Pittsburgh (Cleveland)

    Other cities surveyed include Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

    The two most important attributes in determining Road rage for the survey were angry drivers, including drivers who overreact and lose their tempers, and aggressive driving, including cutting into lanes, tailgating, speeding and honking.

    CLICK HERE to read the full report.


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