PDX, the (Nearly) Hate-Free Driving City

I’ve been banging on from time to time about how Portand drivers are too nice. Seems a survey from AutoVantage backs that up.

Here’s the road-ragiest to road-mellowest list (technically, the ranked list of cities reporting the most incidents of road rage to the fewest):

1. Miami
2. New York
3. Boston
4. Los Angeles
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Phoenix
7. Chicago
8. Sacramento, Calif.
9. Philadelphia
10. San Francisco
11. Houston
12. Atlanta
13. Detroit
14. Minneapolis-St. Paul
15. Baltimore
16. Tampa, Fla.
17. San Diego
18. Cincinnati
19. Cleveland
20. Denver
21. Dallas-Fort Worth
22. St. Louis
23. Seattle-Tacoma
24. Pittsburgh
25. Portland, Ore.

“Portland drivers were the least likely on the list to see other motorists tailgating on the roadways, and St. Louis motorists were the least likely to swear at another driver, according to the survey.” Given that choice, I’ll take the non-tailgaters over the non-swearers any day.

Come to think of it, maybe Portland’s maddening “No, I insist you go first, Alphonse” attitude isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ll just have to be patient when waiting for haplessly kind motorists, content that at least they’re not using their cars at battering rams and mobile extensions of their rage.

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