While it’s unlikely that any one state has the market cornered on inconsiderate drivers, a recent study concludes that some places are more obnoxious than others. Insure.com in July surveyed 2,000 licensed drivers from across the U.S., half women and half men, and ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to their relative rudeness. And among them all, the Gem State shone brightest.
Idaho ranked as the No. 1 rudest state in the study. Survey respondents’ attitude toward this potato-producing state is rooted in its alleged bumper crump of both speedy spuds and slow-rolling couch potatoes. “The roadways of Idaho present a dichotomy of drivers: Those who are moving so slowly that they’re judged to be rude, and the aggressive drivers who speed around them and flip them off,” Insure.com said in a statement.
The five driving behaviors that bothered survey participants the most, followed by the percentage reporting so, were:
• Talking on a mobile phone while driving, 47 percent
• Tailgating, 37 percent
• Not signaling turns, 35 percent
• Weaving in and out of lanes, 28 percent
• Driving too fast, like every road is a highway, 26 percent
It bears noting that in Cars.com’s recent poll seeking readers’ opinions on the most-annoying driving behaviors respondents overwhelming identified “camping out in the passing lane” as the most egregious offense. Our poll’s choices represented the most frequently expressed complaints in the comments section of our previous post on the subject.
The study’s top 10 rudest states list is split almost evenly between the western and eastern U.S. On the opposite end of the spectrum, North Dakota drivers are, by default, the most polite in the nation, ranking No. 51.
Insure.com’s entire list of all 50 states and the District of Columbia is as follows; see where your discourteous drivers rank:
2. Washington, D.C.
3. New York
8. New Jersey
14. Rhode Island
22. New Mexico
31. West Virginia
40. South Carolina
41. South Dakota
42. North Carolina
49. New Hampshire
51. North Dakota