Cities of rage
Drivers are pretty laid back in Atlanta and Nashville, according to this study. But Miami? Not so much:
Stressed Miami drivers speed, tailgate and cut off other drivers so frequently that the city earned the title of worst road rage in a survey released Tuesday.
AutoVantage, an automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance, also listed Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles and Boston among the top five cities for rude driving.
Minneapolis, Nashville, St. Louis, Seattle and Atlanta were rated as the cities with the most courteous drivers, who were less likely to change lanes without signaling or swear at other motorists.
This is good news for Southern travelers, who in past research have been found (along with drivers out West) to be disproportionately inclined towards highway hostility.
Something to think about: two of the five most-aggressive cities (Miami and Phoenix) are in states that have among the highest gun-ownership rates. In these locations, if the other driver starts reaching in the glove box and rolling down the window, I'd suggest backing off.
See the full rankings of all 20 cities that the study looked at below:
"Residents in the following 20 cities were surveyed and are listed in order from those reporting the most incidents of road rage to the fewest:"
3. New York
4. Los Angeles
8. San Diego
11. Dallas/Ft. Worth
15. San Francisco
18. St. Louis
Source: AutoVantage's "In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey"
Chris Kromm is executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of the Institute's online magazine, Facing South.