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Boston, Massachusetts, ranked as the 5th city in the nation with the most frustrated drivers, according to a story published at Forbes.com. That should come as no surprise for anyone who’s tried to commute to Boston and has been caught up in the snarl of the Southeast Expressway, the Mass. Pike, Routes 3 and 128, and now even Route 24 heading north or south.
The results of this “frustration examination” article were based on a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, which examined the 50 largest urban areas and rated them according to 1) average annual hours delayed in commuter traffic, 2) average gasoline prices, and 3) population density.
Increased driver frustration can not only cause higher blood pressure, but it can also logically lead to more aggressive driving, increased auto accidents and even “road rage” incidents. To avoid some of these dangers, officials a the Washington State Patrol suggest tips like allowing plenty of time for your trip, improving the comfort in your vehicle, being polite – even when others around you are not, and avoiding conflict on the roads if at all possible.
In July 2012, one such incident of road rage on Route 495 resulted in a 16 year old girl being shot in the arm by a gunshot from a Honda Accord. According to police, witnesses reported that there’d been some sort of highway dispute between the drivers of the two cars.
While Boston is ranked nationally as the 5th city with the highest level of frustrated drivers, it should come as no surprise that New York City is ranked number 1 given it’s density, population and long commutes. Here’s a list of the top 5 as reported in Forbes:
New York City – annual hours of commuter delay: 59
Chicago – gas cost per national average: 35-40 cents more/gal
San Francisco – annual hours of commuter delay: 61
Los Angeles – population per square mile: 17,179
Boston – commuter delay: 53 hrs/year; gas costs: 3.04
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