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Ten cities with the least courteous drivers -- and whether Denver motorists are polite or not

Back in April, INRIX.com listed Denver as the 21st most congested city in the U.S. But how do drivers here -- and elsewhere -- deal with the resulting traffic? Auto Advantage searched for this answer and more, emerging with a list of the most and least courteous drivers by city.

On which side of that continuum did Denver place? Find out in our countdown of the ten least courteous cities for drivers below, featuring photos and a sampling of Auto Advantage text and data. To see the complete report, click here.

See also: Photos: 25 most congested North American cities -- and where Denver falls

Number 10 -- New York:
The 2014 In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey identified New York as having the 10th least courteous drivers across America's largest cities. This represents an improvement of 9 spots when compared to the same survey performed in 2009, when New York was ranked as least courteous.

Rankings were determined by measuring a wide array of driving actions that inhabitants admit to performing and acknowledge seeing, along with observations of their reactions to other drivers.

When compared to drivers in other cities, survey participants generally fell in the middle of the pack when it comes to aggressive or distracted driving habits. However, that doesn't mean New Yorkers have found their inner peace. Drivers in New York are:

• 2nd most likely to have purposely run into another car • 3rd most likely to acknowledge making an obscene gesture at another driver • 2nd most likely to have waved their arms or shaken their fist at other drivers • 2nd most likely to have honked their horn at another driver
Number 9 -- Chicago:
The 2014 In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey identified Chicago as having the ninth least courteous drivers across America's largest cities. This represents an "increase" of 3 spots when compared to the same survey performed in 2009.

Rankings were determined by measuring a wide array of driving actions that inhabitants admit to performing and acknowledge seeing, along with observations of their reactions to other drivers.

When compared to drivers in other cities, survey participants generally fell in the middle of the pack when it comes to aggressive or distracted driving habits. However, that doesn't mean folks driving around The Bean have found their inner peace. Drivers in Chicago are:

• Most likely to acknowledge cursing at another driver • Most likely to have waved their arms or shaken their fist at other drivers • 3rd most likely to have honked their horn at another driver
Continue to keep counting down the ten cities with the least courteous drivers -- and find out whether Denver drivers are polite or not.
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