For the past twenty years there have been surveys ranking cities with the rudest drivers and highest levels of road rage.
Twenty years ago it was pretty easy to rank the cities with the rudest drivers, because they were usually located in congested cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Some say that it is the high volume of traffic and long hours on the freeway that made drivers so rude back then. Today, you can find rude drivers in just about every part of the country. That’s because traffic congestion has expanded to several other metropolitan cities.
According to a recent article featured in Business Insider (an online business magazine), the city of Houston has some of the rudest drivers in the country. This was somewhat surprising given the fact that cities in the state of Texas have historically had a laid back image and reputation. The article didn’t give any concrete reasons as to why drivers in Houston are so rude, but I am guessing that it might be due to suburban sprawl. The suburbs in Houston are beautiful, but many of them are located far away from the city which is where the majority of jobs are. The drivers in Houston might be getting a little testy and short tempered because they have such long daily commutes.
The city ranked as number two on the list for having the rudest drivers is Atlanta, Georgia. This too is somewhat surprising since one of Atlanta’s taglines is “The City Too Busy to Hate”. I guess this tagline doesn’t apply when you are driving. According to the article not only are drivers in Atlanta rude, but many of them also regularly drive fifteen to twenty five miles over the speed limit.
When it comes to specific acts of rudeness, Atlanta drivers are becoming well known for giving other drivers the finger and for also not giving the right of way to motorcyclists and pedestrians. This type of driving behavior is not only dangerous, but it also gives visitors a very bad impression of the city. To be fair, suburban sprawl is a growing problem in Atlanta, which means many drivers probably have the same issues (i.e., long commutes, traffic congestion) as drivers in Houston.
I don’t think anyone is surprised to see Washington D. C. on the list for having the rudest drivers. If you have ever been in Washington D. C. during rush hour, you know how congested and chaotic it can be. Not to mention that many of the drivers are stressed out politicians and unhappy government workers. All this adds up to a lot of potential road rage and rude driving behavior.
Other cities that made the list are Baltimore, Detroit, Boston, and Dallas.