Here’s a shock: Massachusetts isn’t number one, where I once saw a guy pelted by a family of four wielding McDonalds Shamrock Shakes. No, apparently Insure.com thinks drivers in IDAHO are the rudest. Okay, then.
Insure.com surveyed 2,000 drivers across the country to find out which drivers were the most impatient, and displayed the most boorish behavior. The study also included a list of where drivers from those states are most hated. We’ll stick to the top 10, but you can read the entire list at Insure.com.
What constituted rudeness for the survey respondents was:
- Talking on a cellphone while driving – 47%
- Tailgating – 37%
- Not signaling turns – 35%
- Weaving in and out of lanes – 28%
- Driving too fast, like every road is a highway – 26%
Utah? Really? I drove Highway 50 across Utah and I think I saw three cars, and two were cops. Sorry, Utah doesn’t rate in the top 25, Insure.com.
Nevada is another state that you could drive in for days without seeing another human being. Las Vegas is a nightmare, but that accounts for about one percent of all the road surfaces in that state. It’s like basing your opinion of barbecue on a hot dog you got from a gas station.
8. New Jersey
Number eight? The fact that New Jersey, which has been synonymous with abhorrent behavior since Nucky Thompson’s era, is within a single place of Nevada calls this entire list into question. New Jersey’s state bird is the middle finger. How do you not score in the top three?
6. Delaware and Vermont (TIE)
First of all, I don’t think I’ve seen four license plates from Delaware in 35 years of driving.
If you’re going to pick a rude small state, you have to go Rhode Island. Those people are either insane, drunk, high, or some combination thereof. For the longest time, that state didn’t even have a mandatory safety inspection, so you could identify a Rhode Island driver by the bumper falling off his car.
And Vermont drivers aren’t rude. They’re just painfully, crushingly, incomprehensibly slow.
I lived there for eight years and I think I passed more cars in that time than in my entire driving career in Massachusetts.
The survey suggests that Vermont drivers are most hated by drivers from California. Show of hands: Has anybody from California ever seen a driver from Vermont?
Vermont drivers are hated by anyone they happen to be in front of.
According to Judy Crockett, who was interviewed for the study and lives in Michigan, “Massachusetts has the rudest drivers I have ever encountered. Drivers go out of their way to block any opportunity for you to merge. They honk if you’re not fast enough making a turn. They tailgate, even in very heavy traffic, as if they can make you go faster in bumper-to-bumper traffic.”
It’s in the Driver’s Manual, Ms. Crockett. We don’t want to do it, but it’s the law.
Are there more than three cars registered in Wyoming?
3. New York
New York has significant traffic, but I’ve never considered drivers — especially in Manhattan — to be particularly rude. They’re actually a lot more open to merging than in, say, Saugus, Massachusetts, where signaling a merge is akin to admitting you expect to get sideswiped.
And New York is a big state. There’s the New York Metro area, and then 50 zillion acres of potato farms and meth labs. You’re not likely to find rude drivers in beautifully named places like Canajoharie or Schaghticoke, because nobody can afford a car.
2. District of Columbia
I could see DC drivers being some of the rudest, mostly because they work for the government and they’ve become conditioned to being hated by everybody else in the country, so why not play along?
What else is there in Idaho besides potatoes?
Idaho resident Eric Leins, a Southern California native, points to the state’s mountainous, rural areas as a source of driver conflict. Those familiar with certain roads may not be very patient with drivers new to the twisting, turning roadways.
“If you’ve driven that hundreds of times, you know [the road] and pick up your speed,” he says. “So those driving them for the first time may have the experienced drivers honking their horns and flipping them the bird,” he says.
Ooo, honking horns and the finger? Gosh, they might say bad things about them at the Church Social, too.