“Space Age. Road Rage. Fast Lane”: Driving in Houston
..So sang Cerys Matthews of Catatonia back in 1990’s in their hit song “Road Rage”. The song reached #5 in UK charts. Little did we know that the Welsh Warbler would be a prophetess to the Space City of Houston being rated #1 city in US for Road Rage.
Houston displaced New York City as the city with the least courteous drivers in 2014, according to AutoVantage’s annual “Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey.
The article says this:
Houston was not in the top five last year, and moved up seven spots from the original survey in 2009. What catapulted “Space City” to “victory” this year? When compared to drivers in other cities, survey participants in Houston are:
• Most likely to see another driver cutting them off and most likely to admit performing this behavior
• Most likely to see someone else someone else slam on their brakes
• Most likely to admit talking on their phones while driving
Funnily enough, Augustus made a similar comment when visiting Houston one months ago. While driving around 610 near Galeria, he noticed how aggressive the drivers were around 10:15 at night. Augustus was easily driving the slowest (about 65 mph) on a 5 lane freeway while others cut in and out. For the record, Augustus lived in Houston for 12 years and visits for work, often.
Mrs Caesar had made prior independent observations especially the inattentive tossers who wait until last minute to swing from far left to cross multiple freeway lanes to make their exit.
Another observation about some of the worst drivers here: Breakdown truck drivers. We’ve witnessed one who pulled out from breakdown lane into far left fast lane without any attempt to pick up acceleration. We’ve witness ones who decided to turn from a committed right hand turn lane to turn across a traffic light intersection to go left. As you can gather, Not our favorite set of drivers. Houston cops are also up there in the texting while driving and their false use of emergency lights to bypass traffic.
Jumping to the other side of the survey: The winner of the most courteous driver category was Portland: We speculate that the availability of pot had something to do with it.
If so, Roads-2-Roam has pioneered a Driving Aggression spectrum: Space City one one side. Spaced out City on the other.
Back to Cerys.
But you and I know,
We all live in the space age, coming down with road rage,
Racing through the best days
It’s up to you boy you’re driving me crazy,
Thinking you may be losing your mind