New York City ranks number 1 for road enraged drivers
Why aren’t we surprised that New York City has driven away with yet another ignominious distinction to bolster their claim as a hazardous place to operate your vehicle. This time around, a recent survey/study released by Autovantage says that New York City is the home to drivers that suffer most from the ill-fated syndrome known as road rage.
Surely, we know what it’s like to drive in a city where traffic has become the norm rather than the exception and as far as traffic situations go, angry drivers are sure to follow. And yes, New York City is full of both of them.
The survey included a relatively small sample size – only the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. – trying to keep into consideration the main causes for drivers to enter a fit of rage when behind the wheel. The poll consisted of 2,518 individuals, most of whom, we’d expect are veterans of tailgating, speeding, horn honking, and the occasional verbal assaults directed at their fellow drivers.
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While traffic has and will always a major reason for road rage, another reason that came up on the survey involved the use of cell phones while driving. It wouldn’t have been such big a problem if that those people were courteous enough to stop on the side of the road while they’re on the phone. But New Yorkers don’t roll like that. And the best – or maybe worst – part is, once you let it be known that their actions could seriously lead into an accident, they’re more likely to fire off a one-finger salute directed at you than offer a slight nod of the head as an apologetic gesture.
Yes, that’s how they roll in the Big Apple. You inform them of their recklessness on the road and they shoot back with at you with a blast of their horn, a shouted out curse word, or the aforementioned bird-dropping.
Joining NYC in this list of notoriety includes the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, Detroit, Atlanta, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Last year’s winner, Miami, slid all the way down to 7th, improving their good manners and right conduct out on the road.