courteous drivers

Maybe we got extra points for the Pittsburgh Left.

According to an item from NBC News, roadside assistance firm AutoVantage measured a series of driving behaviors, such as running red lights, speeding, cutting across lanes without signaling and driving while talking on cell phones. From that data, they produced a list of the top five cities in the country with the most courteous drivers.

Pittsburgh, AutoVantage says, ranks second for most courteous drivers in the United States.

While the notion of letting someone make a turn ahead of oncoming traffic might seem like madness to people not from here, and the idea that one must dramatically slow down when passing through tunnels might frustrate even the most ardent Pittsburgher, it’s nice to see our weird traffic culture yielding recognition elsewhere.

Only Portland finished ahead of Pittsburgh while St. Louis, San Francisco and Charlotte rounded out the top five. The study ranked Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Boston as the country’s five least-considerate cities.

Read the item on NBC News.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all...