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Drivers In Washington, Baltimore Deemed Least Courteous

Drivers are discourteous everywhere, but D.C. and Baltimore are at the top of the pile.
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Drivers are discourteous everywhere, but D.C. and Baltimore are at the top of the pile.

Drivers in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore have earned a reputation for rudeness, according to a report released this week.

The "Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey" by the roadside assistance company AutoVantage ranked Baltimore the third least courteous and D.C. fourth among major American cities. The survey measured "behavior, observation and attitudes related to road rage."

Among the tidbits gleaned from the survey, D.C. was the second most likely to see others cut between lanes without warning, second most likely to admit speeding, and tied for third most likely to see someone else tailgaiting. Baltimore drivers, meanwhile, had the distinction of being most likely among residents of large cities to make an obscene gesture to other drivers.

It's possible that commuters in the Washington Metropolitan area simply have more opportunities to observe bad behavior, as commutes in the area are longer than just about anywhere else in the country.

Both Baltimore and the District have plummeted since the ratings first started in 2009. Baltimore has fallen 20 spots, more than any city in the country, and D.C. wasn't far behind with a 16-spot drop.

The survey was conducted among 2,500 consumers who drove during rush hour at least three days a week.

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