To paraphrase an old saying of Mark Twain’s, everybody talks about the traffic, but nobody does anything about it. We are constantly bombarded with data about how much time we waste in our cars and what it is costing us, but congestion seems to always gets worse.
The latest data comes from iOnRoad, the android and iPhone app that aims to improve driving in real time. Using computer algorithms and smartphone cameras, it detects cars in front of your vehicle, alerting you when you are in danger from a collision or sideswipe.
With data collected from drivers in one million downloads, iOnRoad has come up with a list of the worst cities to drive in. The usual suspects are here, concentrated on the East and West Coasts, but each has its own idiosyncrasies.
Data shows that Pittsburgh has one of the highest non-green driving scores with high CO2 emissions. That hasn’t stopped motorists from declaring war on cyclists. Despite several fatal accidents, one bike advocate quoted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says many drivers view bikers as “the equivalent of a moving pothole.”
New York is known for high front-collision alerts. No kidding. In “10 tips for Driving in Manhattan” posted on the blog at city guide MyCityWay, number four is “Taxi Drivers Don’t Care.” The blog also warns that despite laws requiring passengers to exit on the street side, “the occasional idiot will swing his door open into traffic.”
8. Los Angeles
Boston has a high percentage of tailgating according to iOnRoad. And this complaint from a Greater-Boston area driver says it best: “My biggest pet peeve? Well it has to be when I am the only car on the road, no one behind me, and some jerk has to be all brave and pull out in front of me when I practically have to slam on my brakes to keep from hitting them.”