(Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)

Boston road rage incidents and our Masshole driving reputation have to be good enough to make the Top 10 in the country, right?


Wrong! For once, Boston misses the cut on a dubious Top 10 list. Granted, we’re No. 11, so we just barely missed the Top 10. But still, you gotta take those wins where you can get ’em!


It’s a funny thing, because just yesterday I was sharing this piece on how Massachusetts ranks in the Top 10 in the country on life expectancy. I quipped on how the ranking was surprising to me, given the dual anger-bringers of traffic and ire directed at our local sports teams. Anger can lead to heart problems and strokes, and those can lead to early death. Not the case, as it turns out. At least not now.


So now we turn our attention to this study from Fractl. Which cities have the most road rage? They asked 1,000 people on Twitter, and here are some of the stats the came away with:

  • Boston, Massachusetts, is the No.11 city for road rage in the US, according to Twitter

  • 2 in 10 drivers admit to chasing or racing other cars while driving, with Tesla drivers being the most likely to

  • 65% of drivers keep a weapon in their car, with a knife (50%), pepper spray (45%), and a firearm (40%) being the most common weapons


Boston Road Rage is Bad, But It’s Not the Worst

So give yourself a pat on the back if you’re a Boston driver: you’re awful–but not atrocious–when it comes to road rage. Let’s all do a victory lap together and see which cities beat us out. And please, no matter if you’re in Boston or one of these other cities, please drive safely. With almost two-thirds of drivers keeping weapons in their car, clearly you are not safe.

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