Americans think Boston is in the top 5 cities for rude drivers and road rage

Drivers on Interstate 95 pass by a lighted sign reading 'Use Yah Blinkah' mocking the Boston accent for 'Use Your Blinker' in an attempt to encourage drivers to use their turn indicators in traffic in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA 09 May 2014.
Drivers on Interstate 95 pass by a lighted sign reading 'Use Yah Blinkah' mocking the Boston accent for 'Use Your Blinker' in an attempt to encourage drivers to use their turn indicators in traffic in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA 09 May 2014. –EPA/CJ GUNTHER

A new report from travel site Expedia found most respondents believe Boston drivers are among the nation’s angriest.

Expedia’s third annual Road Rage Report asked over 1,000 American drivers to express their opinions of fellow motorists and to list the driving behaviors they find most irritating.

When asked which U.S. cities have the least courteous drivers and worst road rage, 11 percent of survey respondents said Boston, enough to put it in the No. 5 slot nationwide.

New York ranked No. 1, with 43 percent of respondents finding drivers there rude and angry. Los Angeles came in No. 2 with 30 percent, followed by Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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If you’re looking for more courteous drivers, it may pay to head to the north and northwest parts of the country. Drivers in Portland, Oregon were ranked the most polite, followed by drivers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

The survey also asked respondents to list their least favorite behaviors of other motorists. Most respondents consider “the texter’’ the most annoying type of driver (22 percent) followed by “the tailgater’’ (14 percent) and the last-minute line-cutter (13 percent).

The most frequent type of bad motorist behavior is weaving in and out of traffic, which has been observed by 80 percent of respondents. “Dangerous speeding’’ came in second, witnessed by 77 percent of respondents, followed by multitasking, getting cut off and aggressive tailgating.

Expedia’s general manager and vice president John Morrey points out bad driving behavior is easier to notice when it’s someone else committing the offense. But with a major travel holiday on the horizon, he encourages motorists and other travelers to be courteous to others.

“Memorial Day will put many millions of drivers in close proximity, and it’s important to be particularly sensitive to one another,’’ said Morrey in a press release. “The same is true on a plane, in a hotel, anywhere – consideration for your fellow traveler helps everyone.’’

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