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Monday, May 21, 2007

Miami Earns Number One Position on Rude Driver List

South Florida City Earns Position for Second Straight Year; New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Near Top of List

Rude Miami drivers have earned the city the title of worst road rage for the second straight year, according to a recently-released survey.

According to AutoVantage, an automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance to its members, Miami motorists reported that they saw other drivers slam on their brakes, run red lights and talk on cell phones.

New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. were near the top of the rude drivers list.

Erik Pinto, a South Miami resident, told The Associated Press he's likely seen every negative driving habit on Miami's roads.

"You don't want to know what I've seen," said Pinto. "I've seen everything. I'm from L.A., and we don't see the crazy drivers that you see here."

The survey revealed that Portland, Ore., drivers were the least likely to see drivers tailgating on highways, and St. Louis motorists were the least likely to swear at other drivers.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, ranked the most courteous city in 2006, slipped to the middle of the list in 2007.

The survey revealed that the most frequent cause of road was impatient motorists. Motorists also named poor driving in fast lanes and driving while stressed, frustrated or angry as causes of road rage.

"The best piece of advice is to take a deep breath. Slow down, be aware and be careful," said Todd Smith AutoVantage spokesman.

Over 2,500 drivers who are regular commuters in 25 major metropolitan areas were asked to rate road rage and rude driving in telephone surveys conducted by Prince Market Research between January and March.

Here is the complete list, ranked from those 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-Ft. Worth
22. St. Louis
23. Seattle-Tacoma
24. Pittsburgh
25. Portland, Ore.

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