Miami holds top spot on rude driver list

This was just released today from the Associated Press:

Miami holds top spot on rude driver list

By SARAH LARIMER, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 25 minutes ago

For the second straight year, rude Miami drivers have earned the city the title of worst road rage in a survey released Tuesday.

Miami motorists said they saw other drivers slam on their brakes, run red lights and talk on cell phones, according to AutoVantage, a Connecticut-based automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance.

Other cities near the top of the rude drivers list were New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

South Miami resident Erik Pinto told The Associated Press he's probably seen every bad driving habit on Miami's roads.

"You don't want to know what I've seen," Pinto said. "I've seen everything. I'm from L.A., and we don't see the crazy drivers that you see here."

Portland, Ore., drivers were the least likely of the cities to see other motorists tailgating on the roadways, and St. Louis motorists were the least likely to swear at another driver, the survey found.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was rated the most courteous city in 2006 but slipped to the middle of the list this year.

The most frequent cause of road rage cited in the survey was impatient motorists. Drivers also cited poor driving in fast lanes and driving while stressed, frustrated or angry.

"The best piece of advice is to take a deep breath. Slow down, be aware and be careful," AutoVantage spokesman Todd Smith said, adding the aim of the survey is to increase driver safety across the nation.

More than 2,500 drivers who regularly commute in 25 major metropolitan areas were asked to rate road rage and rude driving in telephone surveys between January and March. The survey was conducted by Prince Market Research has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

The list, ranked from those reporting the most incidents of road rage to the fewest:

1. Miami
2. New York
3. Boston
4. Los Angeles
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Phoenix
7. Chicago
8. Sacramento, Calif.
9. Philadelphia
10. San Francisco
11. Houston
12. Atlanta
13. Detroit
14. Minneapolis-St. Paul
15. Baltimore
16. Tampa, Fla.
17. San Diego
18. Cincinnati
19. Cleveland
20. Denver
21. Dallas-Ft. Worth
22. St. Louis
23. Seattle-Tacoma
24. Pittsburgh
25. Portland, Ore.


it's a wonder san antonio ...

it's a wonder san antonio didn't make it, but i'm not surprised about houston one bit

I figured Austin ...

I figured Austin somewhere, but I KNEW D/FW would be there, just figured it would be higher than 21!

Dang, Chicago is number ...

Dang, Chicago is number 6....maybe next year we can make number 1! Im going to try and accomplish that.


Actually, Chicago is 7...I ...

Actually, Chicago is 7...I believe Houston should be up there with the top 5.

the report reads that 25 ...

the report reads that 25 major areas were polled, so obviously the city had to be a certain size to even get into the survey. I was kind of surprised Orlando was not on there. That is one crazy place with all the old people and vacationeers mixed in with the regulars, and all the regulars are from everywhere except Florida so...what a mess...I do not miss my daily commutes in and around Orlando....

i disagree with Miami ...

i disagree with Miami being number 1 for rude drivers. I say it should be las vegas, nevada. these people here are just crazy. i have had to quit driving because of these people. i am 51 and have lived in a lot of places but this one takes the prize for being unfriendly, rude, self absorbed, dangerous, etc.
can't wait to leave this place.

In Los Angelos they had a ...

In Los Angelos they had a problem with noise pollution from all the highways so they passed an resolution that everyone had to put silencers on their guns.

I believe in immediate ...

I believe in immediate death penalty for crappy drivers. Anyone?

Idiaz....thanks. i ...

Idiaz....thanks. i misread. silly me. that must be the chicago in me. haha.

TGIX..Love that post. I'm ...

TGIX..Love that post. I'm shocked L.A. wasn't #1 !
I drive 15 miles each way from Santa Monica to just south of downtown.
It's become horrible. I think the a**holes greatly outweigh the crazies.

I'm surprised Vegas isn't ...

I'm surprised Vegas isn't in the top five. I learned to drive in LA, drove tractor-semis in LA, and thought I'd seen it all until I started driving to
Vegas on a regular basis. most of them are either oblivious or flat out stupid.