Survey: Charlotte ranks 5th for ‘most courteous' drivers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - An AutoVantage survey listed Charlotte as the fifth most courteous city for road rage.

Houston was crowned as having the least courteous drivers in the U.S. In comparison to 2009 version of the survey, Houston moved up in the ratings from eighth least courteous overall.

For the second time in five years, Portland has been identified as the city with the most courteous drivers. Pittsburgh retained its spot in the top five, moving from fifth place to second, and St. Louis placed third overall for courteous drivers in 2014.

The 2014 In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey measured behavior, observation and attitudes related to "road rage" as reported in America's biggest cities, and provides an update to previous research completed in 2009.

Other cities surveyed in 2014 include Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle and Tampa Bay. Observations for each city can be found at www.autovantage.com/roadrage.html.

Charlotte was not included in the original 2009 survey. Cincinnati, Cleveland and Sacramento, which appeared in the 2009 iteration of the In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey, were omitted and replaced by Charlotte, Orlando and San Antonio.