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Which Drivers Are Most Courteous, Which Most Likely to Cut You Off?

New survey finds distinctly different "driving personalities," depending where you live.

by on Jul.20, 2009

Like accents and tastes in food, there are some big differences in driving behavior from city to city, reveals a new survey.

Like accents and tastes in food, there are some big differences in driving behavior from city to city, reveals a new survey.

Anyone who travels around the country is likely to discover that there are some very distinct differences from one city to the next.  And that means more than just regional accents and tastes in food.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that Boston has some of the most aggressive drivers in the country, while road rage is often thought of as a distinctly Southern California phenomenon.

The folks from TomTom, the portable navigation system manufacturer, decided to see if these were just myths, or if there really are differences in driving behavior and attitudes from city to city.  And, it turns out, there really are some significant ones.

Survey the (automotive) world!

Survey the (automotive) world!

Think Boston drivers can be rude?  Well, maybe they are.  Nationwide, less than one in five American drivers will sound the horn when someone cuts them off.  In Boston, it’s close to one in three.  But motorists in Atlanta are more likely to curse or make a crude gesture; 14.4%, in fact, compared with a national average of just 10.7%.

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