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A recent national survey identified Salt Lake City drivers among the rudest in the nation. The organization behind the poll, The Steel Alliance, also gave local motorists a “D” grade for safety.

Some say the survey results are right on. Others question the validity of such an unscientific poll that focuses more on perceptions than reality.

Regardless, KSL believes it wouldn’t hurt Utah drivers one bit to be less aggressive and more considerate, while giving better attention to key traffic laws that are designed to promote safety.

Think what would happen on our highways and byways if motorists would slow down a touch, stop charging through yellow lights and not wait until the last second to merge into other lanes.

Those were the areas measured in the survey.

And what good actually comes from excessive horn honking, tailgating and flashing high beams at other vehicles? Those were the three most common acts of aggressive driving identified with motorists in the Salt Lake City area.

With the summer driving season moving into high gear and the number of vehicles on local highways constantly increasing, KSL urges greater courtesy and compliance with safety laws. Along with changing perceptions about Utah drivers, it just might save a few lives.

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