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Survey Ranks the States with the Rudest Drivers

September 16, 2014

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A survey asking drivers to rank the states with the rudest drivers found that the worst offenders were from Idaho.  

According to those surveyed by, Idaho's drivers represented a volitile mix of rude, with some drivers moving too slowly, causing other drivers to speed around them agressively and flipping off the slow drivers. Idaho residents said this perfect storm of rude was likely caused by the state's twisting mountain roads being driven by inexperienced drivers, making drivers more familiar with the roads impatient. 

The survey of 2,000 licensed drivers across the country found Washington, D.C., the second rudest region, with New York coming in third. Wyoming and Massachusetts round out the top 5.

When asked what drives drivers mad about other drivers, talking on a cellphone was number one, with 47% of responses. Tailgating, not signaling turns, weaving in and out of lanes and driving too fast were also top behaviors considered rude.

The survey also tracked where drivers taking the survey were from. The biggest haters in the nation came from California. Californians found drivers from most of the western states to be rude and threw in New York and Vermont for good measure.

Texas drivers were also very vocal in hating Californians and drivers from some of its closest neighbors, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana.

North and South Carolina had a strong rivalry going, with members of each state pointing to each other as the rudest drivers. This is in stark contrast to the more cordial North and South Dakota, who thought that only other states had rude drivers.

To cap it all off, nearly half of all drivers surveyed felt that about a quarter of drivers should not be on the road at all. As many as 21% felt that half of other drivers should not be on the road.

The top 10 rudest states in the survey were:

1. Idaho
2. Washington D.C.
3. New York
4. Wyoming
5. Massachusetts
6. Delaware and Vermont (tie)
8. New Jersey
9. Nevada
10. Utah

If you’d like to see where your state ranks, click here.

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  1. 1. Steve Doner [ September 16, 2014 @ 10:22AM ]

    What about failure to yield to faster traffic (meaning "keep right except to pass"). To move right when someone wants to pass (no matter how fast you are going) is a basic driving rule, is common courtesy and is the law in most states. In spite of that, failure to execute passes swiftly and sometimes failure to move over at all, is an epidemic and is the leading cause of road rage, weaving and other dangerous moves to get around folks who are either too lazy or too arrogant to move over.

  2. 2. Michael L Melton [ September 16, 2014 @ 01:13PM ]

    Washington would be the worst Seattle Tacoma is horrible for drivers

  3. 3. Stormy [ September 20, 2014 @ 07:43AM ]

    Once we get speed limiters mandated we will only have to worry about how to stay out of everybody's way. Nobody will be able to pass anybody and the 4-wheelers can just run us off the roads.

  4. 4. Barja [ September 20, 2014 @ 08:47AM ]

    Indiana has a 70-mph speed limit for cars as does Illinois but in Indiana you are only allowed 5-over the limit but in Illinois you are allowed 26-over the limit. This means absolute top speed in Indiana is 75-mph, but Illinois it's 96-mph before a mandatory ticket is issued if you are caught. Illinois drivers drive on Indiana highways at 80-100 mph. When you add slow moving 55 - 65 mph trucks into these equations, you can see just how dangerous our highways have become. Car drivers in California average 120+ mph to trucks measly 55 mph. When a slow truck moves to the left lane in an attempt to pass another slow vehicle, you have car traffic coming up fast from behind which causes a conflict because the closing distance happens very fast and soon you have dozens of cars and big trucks piled up on each other. Cars and big trucks need their own highways separate from one another.

  5. 5. charles whitfield [ September 29, 2014 @ 09:36PM ]

    Wasted breath!


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