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Texting is top cause of road rage, Memorial Day road report says

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Posted at 1:12 PM, May 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-21 15:53:54-04

An estimated 30 million drivers are expected to be on the road this Memorial Day. Surely, this will bring out the best in all of them.

For the second year, texting is the most infuriating action that drivers make behind the wheel, according to Expedia’s 2015 Road Rage Report.

Put down that tire iron, you’re not alone in your wrath. More than 1 in 4 Americans rank “The Texter” as the number one cause of — HEY, WATCH THE ROAD! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Trailing a little too close behind were:

  • The Tailgater (13 percent)
  • The Left Lane Hog (12 percent)
  • The Crawler (10 percent)
  • The Multitasker (7 percent)

Most of these upstanding members of society don’t know how wonderful they are. Nearly all drivers — 97 percent — rated themselves as “careful.”

Despite this, 61 percent admitted to speeding, 26 percent yelled at their driving brethren and 17 percent said they made “rude gestures.” The most common reason for being a — joy — was running late.

For the report, independent research company GfK surveyed 1,000 adult drivers nationwide.

New York City was the rude driving capital of the United States (to the surprise of few who lived there), followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

Portland, Oregon ranked among the best.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.