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In a February blog, the Denver Business Journal's Neil Westergaard talked about the need for positive stories in these tough economic times -- and a DBJ article about a just-released driving survey by AutoVantage certainly qualifies. The piece focuses on the fact that Denver tied with Cleveland and Portland, Oregon, "for having the lowest percentage of motorists -- 51 percent -- who see other drivers speeding every day out of 25 U.S. cities surveyed." But that wasn't the top item on the AutoVantage survey's Denver page, whose headline declares, "National Road Rage Survey Ranks Denver as 13th Least Courteous City in the U.S." Here's an excerpt:
The commute to work can be an unpleasant one for people across the country, but the road seems to be even bumpier for Denver drivers.
The fourth annual In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey, commissioned by AutoVantage, a leading national auto club, found that Denver is the 13th least courteous city in terms of road rage, compared to 24 other major U.S. cities. That's a substantial change from last year's No. 11 ranking.
Keeping the city on the "least courteous" list, Denver motorists ranked high for several road rage-inducing behaviors: second most likely to wave their fists or arms at another driver in reaction to road rage (tied with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia) and second most likely to eat or drink behind the wheel every day.
No wonder we're so unlikely to see people speeding. We're too busy shaking our sandwiches at them to notice how fast they're going.