Words by Michael Chandler
I know this may come as a shock to some of my fellow Utahns, but collectively we’re a bunch of jerks behind the wheel. We speed, don’t signal and refuse to let people merge. If that isn’t neighborly, I don’t know what is.
Insure.com surveyed 2000 drivers across the country to see who was the rudest. Not sure exactly why they did this, but I’m not going to argue with its existence.
As you can see by the chart above, we’re in a cluster of rudeness where Arizona is the least rude among the bunch. According to the survey: in Nevada nobody recognizes a red light as the signal to stop and not proceed through the intersection. Wyoming is where you go if you want to die (they had the second highest roadway fatality rate per 100,000 people, according to NHTSA statistics from 2012). And in a surprising upset, Idaho is home to the rudest drivers in the country! Go Idaho! Not only do you have the rudest drivers, you somehow have the lowest insurance premiums.
Here’s how your top ten shakes down:
- Washington D.C.
- New York
- New Jersey
I think with a little work, and more disregard for our fellow motorist we can crack the top five. We’ve mastered the multi-lane lane change to make the exit we saw coming five miles ago, we don’t know how a freeway on ramp actually works, and we take it as a personal insult when someone wants to merge into our lane when theirs is ending. Lookout Massachusetts, we’re coming for your spot!
Now I know 2,000 drivers out of nearly 200,000,000 isn’t enough to give a fair shake to each state, but it does provide some sort of view into how good or terrible we are on a state by state basis. Do you have a driving horror story? Share it in the comments.