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Northwest drivers are quite polite. Really?September 5, 2012 @ 3:45 pm (Updated: 4:06 pm - 9/5/12 )
All the honking and flipping as drivers navigated the Mercer Mess and Dexter Disaster must have been an anomaly, because a poll finds drivers in Washington are quite polite.
The survey, from PEMCO Insurance, finds our reputation for being mellow and polite extends to our driving.
Six out of 10 drivers in Washington and Oregon say they didn't exhibit a single aggressive behavior in the past month. That's what they say anyway. Who's going to honestly report they've been rude behind the wheel?
PEMCO tracks how frequently drivers demonstrate and observe polite driving such as the courtesy wave, proper signaling, and yielding the right-of-way. They call that the "polite-driving" index, and according to their research overall aggression on that 100 point scale is down six points.
This poll seems to conflict with the state transportation department's 2012 Congestion Report that found drivers in our state spent 16 percent more time in traffic in 2011 than they did in 2009.
What's your experience with other drivers on the road?
Photo courtesy WSDOT
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