Last week the Victor crew took a look at some pretty rude driving habits from all over the United States. This week we get to the top for states for rudest drivers and some of their bad manners on the road.
Number 4 Wyoming
The Cowboy State, Wyoming, comes in at number four. Morbid, but ironic Wyoming ranks number two for roadway fatalities involving pickup trucks and SUVs – in fact 45% of roadway fatalities in the Cowboy State involve such a vehicle. According to one study Wyoming had the second highest fatality rate per 100,000 people in 2012 second only to North Dakota.
Only a few years ago the Wyoming Tribune Eagle Men’s Health magazine rated Cheyenne drivers at an “F” for driving quality. The newspaper cited “running red lights, disregarding stop signs, merging without signaling and speeding are some common traffic problems that lead to auto accidents.”
Number 3 New York
New York and specifically New York city’s high ranking for low standards seems to be directly related to foul language, crude gestures and a general disregard for other drivers. One New York woman reported that an incident in which another driver was screaming at her to get her vehicle off the road—the third in a four car pile up – the woman was quoted as saying she would have been happy to oblige if she weren’t headed to the hospital in an ambulance.
A Staten Island resident reports not only rude drivers, but rude pedestrians. In one incident he witnessed a woman pushing a baby stroller across an intersection against the traffic signal. She mustered up some choice words to make a sailor blush for the driver because as he states, “…because I interrupted her texting and emailing.”
Number 2 District of Columbia
In our nation’s capital it seems every one is in a huge hurry. One study found that Washington D.C. has more speeding tickets per capita than anyone other state in the union. A second report noted that D.C. ranked 198 out of 200 in a ranking of cities for America’s best drivers. Among these demerits, D.C. drivers are also known for tailgating, falling to signal before changing lanes and using their high beams because their regular headlights are burnt out.
Number 1 Idaho
Most of us probably wouldn’t have bet on Idaho as having the nation’s rudest drivers—however an interesting combination of landscape and at-odds driving speeds lead to a lot of road rage in the state. Many Idaho drivers choose to putz along well under the speed limit – something reminiscent of a “Sunday drive” from an old black and white movie – while others, stuck behind them, begin to simmer in their own sauce so to speak.
One Idaho driver points out that the state’s many mountainous roadways can cause many drivers new to the area to be cautious and drive slower, which is good practice. But he also notes that many long time residents simply choose to drive well under the speed limit any road, at any time in any weather.