Top 10 States With the Rudest Drivers -- Is Yours on the List? (PHOTOS)

Jenny Erikson | Sep 16, 2014 Breaking

Angry Driver

Road rage can get to the best of sometimes, what with all the tailgaters and non-signalers out on the highways, but have you ever wondered which state has it the worst when it comes to rude drivers?

More from The Stir: Minivan Mom Flips Out With Major Road Rage While Young Son Watches (VIDEO) claims to have the answer to that, after surveying more than 2,000 drivers across the nation. According to their poll, these are the top 10 states with the rudest drivers.

Is yours on the list?


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  • 10. Utah


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    One newcomer to the state said it's like everyone in Utah is in a race to get somewhere, "but nobody knows where it ends or how to get to the finish, so everyone drives 5, 10 or 15 miles per hour over the speed limit." Also, "They tend not to signal, because they wouldn't want anyone to know their next move. They don't let people merge. They just keep looking straight ahead and pretending not to see that car trying to squeeze in next," and the blow off yield signs "as if they don’t exist."

  • 9. Nevada


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    And by Nevada, we mean Las Vegas in particular. One driver described driving in Lost Wages as "more than rude" and "really dangerous." She said, "You have to be totally on the defensive [when] driving here. You see accidents almost every time you go out. The worst thing that Las Vegas is guilty of is that you just know that whenever there is a light or a left-turn signal, there will be at least two or three cars going through the red. And there are always those folks, no matter where you drive on the freeway, who will be darting in and out just to get one more space ahead. Rude seems almost too pleasant a word to describe it."

  • 8. New Jersey


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    Jason Fischbach, a lifelong resident of the Garden State, says, "People in our state love to try and pull onto the road with far less space than they should, never like to let the other car merge in, and don't seem to realize that yellow means 'slow down.' And then there's the 'Jersey Slide': cutting across two or more lanes with the same blinker -- if they use one at all."

  • 6. Delaware (tie)


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    One resident confessed, "When doing the speed limit, I should not have to wonder about the make of a vehicle behind me, due to the fact the car is tailgating me so horrifically I cannot even see its hood!"

  • 6. Vermont (tie)


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    According to, Vermont is number three in the nation for speeding tickets issued per capita.

  • 5. Massachusetts


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    A visitor from Michigan made this comment about Massachusetts drivers, "I rode in the car with one of my clients, and she never stopped shaking her fist at other drivers, spewing insults and profanities, tailgating and rushing lights. It was as if she owned the road, and other drivers were trespassing and in her way."

  • 4. Wyoming


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    The Cowboy State ranks number 2 for "roadway fatalities involving pickup trucks and SUVs," and a few years ago, Men’s Health magazine gave Cheyenne drivers an "F" for quality of driving. They said, "running red lights, disregarding stop signs, merging without signaling and speeding are some common traffic problems that lead to auto accidents."

  • 3. New York


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    One Manhattan resident said New York City drivers are "known for their lack of respect to other drivers.  It’s not often that you see a driver in New York raise their hand [politely] or make some other gesture saying thank you to another driver for letting them through. What’s more, pretty much no driver in New York bothers to indicate before turning."

  • 2. Washington, D.C.


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    A recent transplant from Los Angeles had this to say about driving in our nation's capital, "Driving in D.C. can be compared to the recklessness of our politics: self-serving, abrasive and unsafe."

  • 1. Idaho


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    I know what you're thinking ... Idaho? Number one for rude drivers? According to the survey, it's the mix of slow drivers who cruise five to ten miles below the speed limit and the rushed travelers who get stuck behind them and (understandably) upset. Rural, mountainous roads may also be to blame -- "If you've driven that hundreds of times, you know [the road] and pick up your speed," one resident confessed. "So those driving them for the first time may have the experienced drivers honking their horns and flipping them the bird."


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