Portland drivers: Frustrated but relatively road-rage free

Portland drivers: Frustrated but relatively road-rage free
Traffic on Interstate 5 near the Rose Quarter (file photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com Producer/Reporter).

PORTLAND, Ore. -- I have to admit to being a little surprised to see Portland ranked among the cities with the most-frustrated drivers.

The personal finance website NerdWallet used national transit statistics and surveys to compile the 10 worst cities for U.S. drivers. Portland came in at No. 9 with commuters spending an average of 44 hours annually stuck in traffic and gas prices that are 15 percent higher than the national average.

While Portland commuters may be frustrated, they're not likely to take it out on one another. At least according to Reuters, which found in a survey that Portland drivers are less prone to road rage than the average U.S. commuter.

I suppose because Portland typically ranks among the best cities for mass transit, I assumed that somehow made for less-frustrating highways.

Of course, I bike commute almost exclusively and most of that is on the car-free Springwater Corridor. That probably has something to do with my ignorance.