• May 17, 2006

Perhaps its the fact that there are thousands of doddering septuagenarians plying area roads, but Miami, Florida has just been dubbed America's least courteous drivers. Or to put a finer point on it, they've got some road rage and rude driving issues. A new AutoVantage survey of 2,000 adult commuters in 20 major cities has concluded that Miami has the worst road etiquette. The Norwalk, Connecticut company's phone survey also found a lot of negative feelings in:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • New York, New York
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Boston, Massachusetts

And there must be something to the whole 'Minnesota Nice' thing, as Minneapolis topped the list of friendliest commuter cities. Other top finishers included:

  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Atlanta, Georgia

AutoVantage questioned participants on everything from obvious displays of motoring anger (middle fingers, cutting off other cars, tailgating, etc.), turn signal use, talking on the phone, and 'driving too fast.'

[Source: The Associated Press via CNN.com]

(Top Tip, Evan!)



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a Nashvillian, thank you very much. We're stupid, but I guess we're nice. I wave, for instance, at the person who lets me merge into their lane. It's the small things.

      I'm sure once Nashville gets bigger (and we're growing fast) drivers will become more rude. We rarely even use our horns down here!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Atlanta, one of.... oh wait. Three of you beat me to it. :P

      It's always a wake-up call when I return to Atlanta (where I lived most of my life) from Denver (my current home) and get back out on the highways there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Atlanta? That is FOS!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I totally agree with Buck (#3).
      Add to that hispanic's custom of going out late and trying to arrive on time, speeding, frenzy changing of lanes, crossing lights in yellow, running along middle lanes, honking hectically, driving aggressively, showing everybody the finger... aaah, I love Miami.
      ...it must be terribly boring driving in a quiet city, like Harrisburg, PA
      • 8 Years Ago
      http://www.citypages.com/bestof2006/citygritty/bestof2914.asp

      Minneapolis City Pages
      BEST REASON NOT TO MOVE TO THE 'BURBS
      Soul-crushing traffic that will only get worse
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is a major issue with this survey: It doesn't differentiate rudeness from road rage. I think they're completely different things.

      Road Rage comes about where people get set off too easily. Rudeness is the lack of politeness or courtesy.

      I've driven in cities all over the country and now live in the Seattle area. I think Seattle is the least courteous of them all. It's an insidious, meek, passive aggressive type of rudeness where people don’t care about letting others in and are incredibly unaware of what’s going on around them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Miami's problem is not the first gen drivers, I first started driving in Miami, no accidents or anything. Everyone drives like they do in their home country couple that with the fact that anyone can get a license oh and the whole everyone is in a rush to get somewhere and expects everyone to get out of the way for them, and you have what is known as Miami traffic. Did you drive during May day, when all the immigrants boycotted, the roads where 100 times less stressful.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Atlanta, friendly? That's a laugher!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #5: yes, let's generalize about an entire racial group ("hispanics," a european designation for a diverse array of local ethnicities) and their poor driving habits. I also hear that "blacks" all drive stolen cars and "whites" drive like old people. Being from Florida, I find your observation to be . . . well, idiotic.

      #3 phrased his comments in a more accurate manner: people drive according to the customs of their country or place of origin, which helps to create conflicts on the road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I commute every day in Minneapolis, and I can tell you this survey is way off. "Minnesota Nice" translates to passive-aggressive behavior. People pretend to be nice and ten get in their car and let their real face show; tailgating, refusal to let someone else merge, zoom around someone, get in front of them, and slam the brakes so they know you are upset with their driving, general ignorance of driving etiquette, etc. It's not so much that Minnesota drivers are bad, it's that they are mean, vindictive, and petty.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Atlanta???

      Ha!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Buck Futter hit the nail on the head. Anyone can get a license and everyone drives according to their native land. Also no one gives a crap about courtesy, respect, or even trying to avoid an accident. It seems like everyone has to be somewhere important and everyone else needs to make room for them. I believe that if you can drive successfully in Miami you can drive anywhere. The running of the red arrow is getting worse. If I'm at the front of the light when it turns green I look to the sides to make sure no one is running so I don't get T-boned but then I head straight out horn blasting at the person running the light. It's incredible how they look at me like I'm the one at fault. But when anyone can get a license I guess the whole red means stop yellow means slow is too confusing. The blatant running of red lights and stop signs is unbelievable. Defensive driving is not an option in Miami that is what is going to get you in a wreck, or worse killed.

      AJB I do blame mostly the hispanics for this, if you went out driving on May day, the national immigrant boycott day you would have noticed the change in driving. Driving was far less stressfull, there where still stupid drivers but far less and there was actually a few signs of courtesy between drivers. I thought I was in the Twilight Zone.
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