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Drivers from Idaho, Washington, D.C., and New York have been deemed the rudest drivers, according to asurvey by, an independent consumer insurance information website.

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Also judged to be quite rude are drivers from Wyoming, Massachusetts, Vermont and Delaware.

Here’s how the top 10 rudest drivers rank, based on a survey of 2,000 licensed drivers nationwide:

  1. Idaho
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. New York
  4. Wyoming
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Delaware (tie)
  7. Vermont (tie)
  8. New Jersey
  9. Nevada
  10. Utah

“Casting aspersions toward other drivers is a longstanding tradition,” said Amy Danise, editorial director for “We wanted to know not only where the rude drivers come from, but also who thinks they’re rude.”

Advertisement analyzed the results to determine who dislikes whom the most. According to the survey, California drivers are the No. 1 haters of drivers from surrounding states and even from states across the country.

The following are the states where residents are the biggest haters of drivers from three or more other states:

  • Hater No. 1: California. Drivers from the Golden State have dark thoughts about drivers from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah and even Vermont.
  • Hater No. 2: Texas. It looks like drivers from California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Dakota have messed with Texas.
  • Haters No. 3, 4 and 5 (tie):
    • Georgia: Georgia drivers detest those from Alabama, Delaware and Florida.
    • Illinois: Someone isn’t getting along with its neighbors. Illinois drivers point to people in Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin as being the rudest on the road.
    • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania drivers have something against drivers from Maryland, Nebraska and West Virginia.

“There’s also no love lost between North and South Carolina – they point to each other as having the rudest drivers,” said Danise. “But North and South Dakota seem to be getting along. Neither one points to the other as having the rudest drivers.”


When asked what makes them most mad about other drivers, people said*:

  • Talking on a cell 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

*Respondents could choose more than one answer from 18 choices.

About half of those surveyed (49 percent) believe that about a quarter of other drivers should not be on the road. Twenty-one percent think half of other drivers should not be on the road.


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Read the complete survey results here.

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