Contrary to what you might believe about all drivers based on the motorist next to you (who is texting and flipping you off simultaneously), San Francisco has some of the nicest, most well-behaved drivers in the country.
According to In the Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey, a study conducted by the car assistance company AutoVantage that questioned motorists throughout the country, San Francisco drivers are the fourth most courteous in the nation.
The research also revealed that San Francisco has improved since 2009 when survey results showed we ranked no. 12 on the courteous driving factor. Researchers surveyed 25 major metropolitan areas in the US, with Portland, Pittsburgh and St. Louis being nicer than San Francisco. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles drivers were meaner than we are, ranking no. 11 in the survey.
During the week-long survey, motorists were asked questions about other drivers' behaviors during rush hour traffic, including the propensity of road rage on San Francisco streets.
And there's more to be proud of: San Francisco drivers were also the least likely to talk on their cellphone while behind the wheel.
Also, San Francisco was the 4th least likely to see other drivers tailgating.
Rob DiPietro, a representative at AutoVantage, says that this survey is supposed to help people better understand what they're getting themselves into when driving in different regions. "The survey prepares our members for the things that they may encounter when driving in a new city," DiPietro says.
What the survey doesn't prepare non-resident drivers for? The pain-in-the-ass parking in San Francisco.