NYC Ranks No. 1 in Road Rage

City's drivers are angriest in the US
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2009 10:23 AM CDT
Traffic clogs New York's Park Avenue on June 7, 2007.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – New York drivers are the most aggressive and angry in the US, an annual road rage survey finds. Gotham cut off Miami, which had zoomed to the top of the list the past 4 years, Reuters reports. "New Yorkers were most likely to wave their fists or arms," honk their horns, and "make some sort of obscene gesture," said a rep for the company that ordered the survey.

Dallas/Fort Worth ranked second, and Detroit, Atlanta, and Minneapolis/St. Paul rounded out the top five. Miami came in seventh, and drivers in Portland, Ore., and Cleveland were judged most polite. "The real surprise to me is that there is no geographic way to break down road rage," the company rep said. So what incites road rage? Talking on a cellphone, driving too fast, and tailgating are the top offenders.