San Francisco Drivers Rank No. 4 on List of Most Courteous in USA

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    File image of traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. (Henner Zeller via Wikimedia Commons)

    Next time your morning commute pushes you to the brink, you can take heart in this: San Francisco motorists are some of the most courteous drivers in the country, at least according to a new survey.

    In its 2014 In the Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey, the car care company AutoVantage has San Francisco drivers ranked as 4th most polite out of 25 of America’s biggest metropolitan areas.

    In the last five years, the Bay Area city cleaned up its act. In the 2009 survey, the city was ranked 12th among the most courteous.

    The new survey places San Francisco ahead of motorists in the Golden State’s second-most city, San Diego, which placed 11th. Los Angeles drivers, on the other hand, were rated as the No. 11 least courteous.

    The survey measures driving actions that participants admitted performing and seeing, as well as the observation of the reaction to others drivers in order to determine rankings. With this information, the company hopes to give drivers a better idea of the driving environment in various cities around the U.S.

    “The survey prepares our members for the things that they may encounter when driving in a new city,” AutoVantage’s Rob DiPietro said in a news release.

    Survey participants in San Francisco were ranked least likely to talk on their phones while driving and fourth least likely to see other drivers tailgating.

    San Francisco was preceded by Portland, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, which ranked first, second and third, respectively.