Top 10 States With the Rudest Drivers

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Aggressive maneuvering, horns blaring, center-most fingers locked in their upright positions, these are but a few hallmarks of ill-mannered motoring. Surly, rushed or otherwise incompetent drivers cause mayhem on America’s country roads and urban thoroughfares.

Practically every driver has experienced road rage; most of us have probably even perpetrated it in one way, shape or form at some point. But are there any particular areas to avoid, places where the motorists are especially bad-mannered? As a matter of fact, yes! Here are the Top 10 States with the Rudest Drivers, a list compiled by the website Insure.com (not to be conflated with the geriatric beverage Ensure).

They surveyed 2,000 drivers from across ‘Murica to compile this report. To find out if your home state made it simply hit the jump, and f**k you very much! Thanks for being such a colossal d**khole!

Don’t let the friendly Mormons that live here fool you, Utahan (Utahanite?) drivers are rude. According to this study everyone is in a colossal hurry, scurrying along at significantly-faster-than-posted limits. And can you blame them? This state has miles and miles of miles and miles. Utah motorists are also notorious for eschewing directional indicators and preventing other traffic from merging.

Mayhem. Apparently this is one word that describes driving in the Las Vegas State, or whatever its motto is. Dangerous habits like darting in and out of traffic and showing zero regard for other travelers seem to be the norm here. According to one resident you’re essentially guaranteed to see a crash every time you go out. Nevada drivers are also notorious for running red lights.

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New Jersey is the Eastern Seaboard’s armpit, a stinky crevice that people would prefer to forget about. Not surprisingly drivers in this state are just as repulsive. They’re notorious for pulling out in front of other traffic without leaving enough space to complete the maneuver. Aside from this annoying and dangerous tactic they’re also know for something called the “Jersey Slide,” an aggressive move where they cut across multiple lanes of traffic, usually without signaling.

They don’t call it the “First State” for nothing. Delaware drivers are in a big hurry and love tailgating, probably to let motorists in front of them know it’s a race to the finish line. Evidently speeding is a huge problem in this little East-Coast territory. It’s nothing for them to go blasting at 45 or 50 miles an hour through a school zone, often while using cell phones. Our advice? Hide your kids, hide your wife!

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The big issue in this little state is speed. Are you starting to see a common theme here? Higher velocities seem to equate to ruder drivers. Perhaps everyone should take a “chill pill” before hitting the road so they can chill out a little. Seriously, though, don’t do that.

The Green Mountain State ranks number three in the nation for per-capita speeding tickets. In addition to this damning evidence Vermont was one of only two states that saw its traffic fatalities increase between 2005 and 2012. The state is also No. 1 in deaths per distance driven. Perhaps the Grim Reaper calls this place home.

A 2014 study published by Allstate that highlighted America’s best drivers had three cities in Massachusetts along with Washington D.C. battling for last place out of a list of 200. Yeah, The Bay State ain’t that great for driving. Residents of this curiously hooked territory are angry, profane and apparently love preventing other motorists from merging.

Just saying this state’s name, Why-O’Ming makes it sound you’re asking an Irish-Chinese person a question. Anyway, drivers here have a well-deserved reputation for rudeness, to say nothing of their outright reckless on-road behavior. In fact Wyoming ranks second in roadway fatalities involving pickup trucks and SUVs. In 2012 it was also second-place in roadway fatalities per 100,000 people, falling to North Dakota in both instances. If all this weren’t bad enough, drivers in Cheyenne are noted for running red lights, disregarding stop signs, speeding and not using their turn signals. The Cowboy State is the perfect nickname for this untamed place.

And now we head back east to New York, the perpetually angry state. Jersey may be stinky and the butt of countless jokes but at least they’re not New York, where drivers are complete bastards. Everyone here seems angry all the time, and this pissed-off-at-the-world attitude is reflected in their aggressive, discourteous, horn-honking antics.

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In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi refers to the desert town of Mos Eisely as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.” But instead of some fictitious sci-fi settlement his statement more accurately describes Washington D.C. Elected or not, our nation’s capital is full of abrasive and self-serving hucksters. Validating this claim the city, which we realize is technically NOT a state (so deal with it) ranks No. 1 in per-capita speeding tickets. Drivers are also saddled with the highest average insurance premiums of any state on this list.

Idaho presents an interesting paradox. Some of its motorists are extremely slow moving but others are overly aggressive, whipping around the lethargic drivers and causing all kinds of havoc. Surprisingly both groups are viewed as being extremely rude since the sluggish drivers hold up traffic while the speed-demons agitate their slower brethren. Apparently that’s just life in the multiple-personality-disorder state.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Perry F. Bruns Perry F. Bruns on Sep 24, 2014

    Surprisingly enough, people from Utah are known as Utahns, at least according to the Oxford Dictionary (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/Utahn). It's a weird name, but no weirder than some of the names parents hand out. Then again... http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24207511

  • Dan Dan on Aug 11, 2015

    Washington state has some pretty rude drivers. In fact I have lived in several states and found Washington state has the rudest of all the drivers I've encountered. They either drive too slow or too fast. They often don't signal. We also have tons of distracted drivers. And Seattle is known for pedestrians being hit by cars. Both because pedestrians are distracted and drivers are distracted. And I think the biggest problem is Washington has seen a huge amount of growth from people that have moved here from other states and brought their bad drivinghabits with them.

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