Ah, Southern California: Land of the yoga-posing, weed-smoking, laid-back individual.
If only that stereotype were true. Safeco Insurance this week unveiled a nationwide survey on aggressive driving that found Los Angeles is one of the top cities in the nation for this behavior.
So keep calm and carry on without flipping each other off in traffic, Angelenos:
Safeco tells us what we probably don't want to know about ourselves:
Los Angeles drivers have a complete lack of road manners in surprising situations. More than 53 percent have seen able-bodied drivers take handicap spots; 49 percent report seeing other drivers cut off a school bus; and 40 percent of those surveyed have watched other drivers cut a funeral line.
Eighty-five percent of us say other drivers are aggressive, Safeco found. Only 38 percent of L.A. drivers admit they get wound up behind the wheel.
Eighty-two percent of Angeleno drivers “experience negative feelings” about the way others drive, according to the survey. Only 82 percent?
Seven out of ten L.A. motorists say they're willing to change one thing about their driving in order to improve the roads for all of us, Safeco says.
Here are the top things local drivers would like you to stop doing, according to the company:
Taking up two parking spaces (55 percent)
Tailgating (54 percent)
Using high beams toward oncoming traffic (54 percent)
(Our number one pet peeve by far is drivers who don't move their vehicles all the way to the right to make a right turn, thereby preventing the rest of us from passing them while they execute this most complicated of moves).
By the way, Boston had the largest percentage of drivers (46 percent) who admitted being aggressive. L.A. and New York were tied for second place with 38 percent, Safeco says.
Safeco, which surveyed 2,006 adult motorists in L.A., Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, and Atlanta, is trying to mellow us all out by launching “Drive It Forward Fridays” (#DIFF) to encourage positive driving actions to counter negative driving behavior that can often jeopardize safety.”
#DIFF starts May 23. So, until then, you might want to practice your deep-breathing techniques.