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DC, Baltimore ranked near top in list of most road rage affected cities

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A new survey has placed Washington, D.C. near the top of its list of the most and least road rage affected cities in the U.S.

The survey by AutoVantage ranked the D.C. at number four. Baltimore came in just ahead on the list of least courteous drivers at number three.

When compared to drivers in other cities, survey participants in The District are:

-2nd most likely both to see someone else cutting between lanes with no warning and 2nd most likely to acknowledge performing the same behavior
-2nd most likely to admit speeding
-Tied (with Phoenix and Tampa) as most 3rd likely to see to see someone else tailgating

Houston was crowned the number one city for least courteous drivers in the U.S.

"The survey prepares our members for the things that they may encounter when driving in a new city," said Rob DiPietro, GVP of Product Services for AutoVantage.

For the second time in five years, Portland was ranked as the top city with the most courteous drivers.


The survey's best and worst cities were:

Least Courteous
2014 2013
Houston New York City
Atlanta Dallas
Baltimore Detroit
Washington DC Atlanta
Boston Minneapolis
Most Courteous
2014 2013
Portland Portland
Pittsburgh Cleveland
St. Louis Baltimore
San Francisco Sacramento
Charlotte Pittsburgh
Other cities surveyed in 2014 include Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle and Tampa Bay. Observations for each city can be found at www.autovantage.com/roadrage.html.

Cities that showed the most dramatic shifts in attitude as compared to 2009 include:

Became More Courteous Became Less Courteous
Minneapolis (Improved 15 spots) Baltimore (Declined 20 spots)
Dallas (Improved 11 spots) Washington, DC (Declined 16 spots)
Detroit (Improved 9 spots) Boston (Declined 12 spots)
New York City (Improved 9 spots) Houston (Declined 7 spots)
Aggressive driving down while drivers pay more attention

When compared to 2009, survey respondents observed safer driving habits from their fellow commuters. Respondents were less likely to report observing a multitude of aggressive behaviors:

  • Observations of speeding have declined 12% since 2009
  • Observations of running red lights have declined 5% since 2009
  • Observations of tailgating have declined 6% since 2009
  • Observations of cutting over without notice have declined 6% from 2009
  • Observations of slamming on the brakes have declined 2% since 2009
Furthermore, fellow drivers seem to have given up many distractions. Respondents reported a decrease in a wide range of behaviors that take one's eyes off the road, with one notable exception:

  • Observations of other drivers talking on their cell phone have declined 15% since 2009
  • Observations of eating and drinking have declined 12% since 2009
  • Observations of other types of multitasking have declined 4% since 2009
  • Observations of texting while driving have increased 9% since 2009
Safer driving has led to more demonstrative reactions

Despite those around them giving up distractions and driving less aggressively, respondents were more likely to lose their cool in reaction to other drivers.

  • Driver admissions of honking their horn increased 12% over 2009
  • Driver admissions of cursing at another driver increased 8% over 2009
  • Driver admissions of making an obscene gesture at another driver increased 3% over 2009
  • Driver admissions of waving their arm or fist at another driver increased 4% over 2009
Survey methodology

Prince Market Research, an independent research company, was commissioned to conduct a nationally representative study with consumers in 25 major metropolitan areas in the US to learn more about consumer views on road rage. Overall rankings were calculated by the same methodology used in 2009, in which the sum of rankings for each of the questions asked was used to calculate a Net Discourtesy Score. Surveys were conducted between March 27, 2014 and April 4, 2014, during which time 2,500 consumers age 21 and above, and who personally drove during rush hour (Monday through Friday) no fewer than 3 days per week, were surveyed. Average participation time was approximately 6 minutes, and participants were neither compensated for their participation nor told who the research sponsor was.

Changes from 2009 Survey

Cincinnati, Cleveland and Sacramento, which appeared in the 2009 iteration of the In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey, were omitted and replaced by Charlotte, Orlando and San Antonio to ensure that the top 25 markets as defined by MSA were represented. Additionally, as opposed to 2009, half of respondents to the 2014 In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey were tabulated via online survey, whereas the 2009 iteration of the report was only based on phone interviews.

For more information, visit www.autovantage.com or www.twitter.com/MyAutoVantage


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