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Old 12-10-2014, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Never lived in a place remarkably known for having great drivers, but the worst I've ever seen are in Missouri. They don't have a "Keep Right Except to Pass" law so idiot drivers will stay in the left lane on the freeway and be a rolling roadblock the entire way across the state on I-70.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:09 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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From your experience and what you've seen. Which states have the best and worst drivers?

This is opinion based...

For me it's...
Best : North Carolina
Worst : Rhode Island
Actually, I'd place drivers in the Carolinas among the worst. Driving the Interstates in the Carolinas makes me realize how a running back feels when his offensive line isn't opening any holes for him. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate their lane discipline a 0. It doesn't help that South Carolina ****s around with its speed limits for no reason, and has Interstates that continuously add and drop lanes.

Drivers in Maryland, Ohio and Virginia have been reduced to mere cattle by overbearing traffic laws (Virginia) and overwhelming law enforcement presence (Maryland, Ohio). Drivers in Georgia have a bad habit of speeding up when you try to pass them. Psychologists would refer to such people as passive-aggressive pricks. That same classification applies to anybody who uses the left lane for purposes other than passing.

The best drivers I'd say are in California. It takes impressive driving skills to keep moderate to heavy traffic moving as fast as it does there. Missouri drivers are kind of slow, but at least they practice proper lane discipline for the most part. A friend of mine from rural south Georgia said that Pennsylvania drivers are rude and almost ran him off the road, but I told him that's what he gets for going 60 in the left lane.

Tennessee and Texas drivers are OK. No bad habits, but no outstanding habits either.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:13 PM
 
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Best: Wisconsin. Most drivers seem to have common sense and many are polite. The one exception tailgating. I've been surprised to see this even in slippery conditions.

Runner-up: California. I lived in LA and although there are some jerks out there, most drivers were very skilled at driving in high density traffic and would let you merge, etc.

Worst: My home state of Massachusetts. Although, in their defense, the roads in Boston seem to demand aggressive driving just to get anywhere. However, I can't excuse the breakdown lane driving...
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Actually, I'd place drivers in the Carolinas among the worst. Driving the Interstates in the Carolinas makes me realize how a running back feels when his offensive line isn't opening any holes for him. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate their lane discipline a 0. It doesn't help that South Carolina ****s around with its speed limits for no reason, and has Interstates that continuously add and drop lanes.
Yup.

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Drivers in Georgia have a bad habit of speeding up when you try to pass them. Psychologists would refer to such people as passive-aggressive pricks. That same classification applies to anybody who uses the left lane for purposes other than passing.
Yup. Among other things..

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A friend of mine from rural south Georgia said that Pennsylvania drivers are rude and almost ran him off the road, but I told him that's what he gets for going 60 in the left lane.
LOL. Exactly! Some people just don't get it and probably never will.

As for me, every place has moments where there are good drivers surrounding you and in most cases, you've got horrible drivers surrounding you. I'll NEVER have any sympathy for a driver in the left lane blocking traffic behind them. I don't care how fast they're going.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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This is a cool thread it needs more juice
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I can't think of any one state, as a whole, that has better or worse drivers than any others. Just cities. It would be really convenient to pick on Rhode Island, but considering RI is smaller than many large metro areas are, that's really not fair.

Las Vegas is easily the worst city I've ever experienced for bad drivers, but the rest of Nevada was no worse or better than any other state. People from Northern Idaho generally drive like complete a-holes, but Boise drivers were pretty good each time I drove through there.

If I had to pick a state, I'd say it's Florida. Pretty much everywhere I drove in that state, the drivers were pretty horrible.
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:32 AM
 
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From my experience:

Best: Idaho

Being a small state with little traffic outside of the Boise and Twin Falls area probably played a factor. Majority of people allowed me to pass them on the I-84 without much fuss. City traffic seemed reasonable. Not many boneheaded decisions from what I saw in my drive through the state.

Worst: California

People constantly hogging the left lane, end up passing on the right or tailgate or whatever needed to get by. In the cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles for example, more instances of drivers not knowing where they are going or forcing their way into the exit lane causing near collisions. Common sense is to take the next exit and turn around or whatever or simply make an aggressive maneuver and get into that lane without making people slam their brakes.

I wouldn't say California drivers are that bad though, just more population compared to the other Western states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, etc.) so more bad drivers. The east coast is probably worse. New York, Jersey?
NY drivers are aggressive but aware. Massachusetts drivers are aggressive and flat out horrible at driving. South Florida and Massachusetts in my opinion have the worst drivers in America.
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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States with the best drivers: None of them.

States with the worst drivers: All of them.

The road is full of awful drivers no matter what state you're in.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Every state! because everyone except for me is a bad driver!
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Every state! because everyone except for me is a bad driver!
LOL. Yep.

Admittedly, I feel like I'm a pretty good driver, but I was tired last night while driving in rush hour traffic in the dark and I exited at a freeway exit I wasn't entirely familiar with. Got stopped at the traffic light, then proceeded to go (turning left), and while there are lines marking each lane while you're turning, I made the mistake of thinking another car was going in to my lane when, in fact, I was going into theirs. I honked my horn at the time thinking they were in the wrong. The other guy flipped me off.

Well, I immediately realized my mistake and at the next light when we stopped next to each other, I rolled my window down (I don't usually do that during aggressive situations) and as he started to tell me how wrong I was, I promptly apologized.

My point here is that we all think we're good drivers, but that may not always be the case!
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