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Why Are Houston Drivers Supposedly the Rudest in the Nation?

A recent study released by Auto Vantage suggests Houstonians are the rudest drivers in the country. Yep – worse than Los Angeles, notorious for traffic snarls and drive-by shootings. Worse than New York, a city that has long reveled in its perceived aggressiveness and intense traffic. How did we get here? Whether you accept this […]

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A recent study released by Auto Vantage suggests Houstonians are the rudest drivers in the country. Yep – worse than Los Angeles, notorious for traffic snarls and drive-by shootings. Worse than New York, a city that has long reveled in its perceived aggressiveness and intense traffic.

How did we get here? Whether you accept this particular survey or not, how do you feel about Houston developing a reputation for rudeness on the roadway? And do you, unwittingly, contribute to it?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore what impact a growing population outpacing infrastructure has had on how Houstonians drive. We also consider what impact construction projects – which paradoxically are designed to, when complete, help alleviate the traffic strain on our roads – have on further diminishing traffic options. Then, we talk with an area psychologist about the psychological impact of routinely driving through traffic jams – how it affects us, and how it contributes to our collective behavior on the road.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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