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Old 08-26-2014, 06:48 PM
 
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According to this study Utah drivers averaged 3.4% more accidents than average.

Its still far from the worst in the country, but below average. I've driven a car in virtually every state in this country at one time or another. My personal assessment is that drivers here do tend to cut you off, ignore your turn signal, and seem more oblivious to what is around them than drivers in most states do.

Anyway, here's my link to this Salt Lake Tribune article which is taken from a study by Allstate Insurance.

Salt Lake City drivers now officially worse than average | The Salt Lake Tribune
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City/Las Vegas
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Ehhh... not really significant (literally). The percent difference is small enough that it's not statistically relevant - it's less than a standard deviation from the mean.

In other words, it's hyperbole and overly dramatic to say Utah drivers are worse than average. The numbers just aren't there to support that claim.

Bill
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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Maybe they aren't worse than average - but they might be ruder than average.

Your post put me of my all-time favorate explanation of why the good folks of Utah aren't so nice when they're out on the road:

"the nice, friendly, zucchini-sharing people of the Utah culture are not immune to the hostility that spurts out at strangers once we are behind the wheel. Afoot and at home in our own neighborhoods, we silently and smilingly put up with each other’s dogs that howl all night long, kids that trample our flower gardens, teens that sun-bathe and wash their cars to ear-shattering heavy metal music. But when we drive out of those neighborhoods, any stranger becomes fair game for our angry honking, cutting in, heading off, not-so-muted swearing, and flipping the bird. I am suggesting that there is a connection. If niceness did not forbid our direct assertion on dog howls and childish vandalism, perhaps there wouldn’t be quite so much hostility stored up waiting to slosh out on Interstate-I5." --Elouise Bell

Her perspective has stuck with me for a long time - I remember first reading it at least 20 years ago in her column in Network, a long defunct Salt Lake women's newsletter.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City/Las Vegas
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...Network, a long defunct Salt Lake women's newsletter.
That was a good publication that my wife followed. It's missed.

Bill
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Hagerman, Idaho
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Ms. Bell has a point. And for what it's worth I am dang tired of the howling neighbor dogs they don't bring inside, the brats that trample on our lawn and flowers and would LOVE to take a sledge hammer to the stereo's the teens blast their noise (they call it music) with when outdoors. We used to refer to something that is now long gone that avoided these issues several generations ago.....it was called "Common Sense" which is officially OUT the door and forgotten.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:53 AM
 
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Maybe they aren't worse than average - but they might be ruder than average.

Your post put me of my all-time favorate explanation of why the good folks of Utah aren't so nice when they're out on the road:

"the nice, friendly, zucchini-sharing people of the Utah culture are not immune to the hostility that spurts out at strangers once we are behind the wheel. Afoot and at home in our own neighborhoods, we silently and smilingly put up with each other’s dogs that howl all night long, kids that trample our flower gardens, teens that sun-bathe and wash their cars to ear-shattering heavy metal music. But when we drive out of those neighborhoods, any stranger becomes fair game for our angry honking, cutting in, heading off, not-so-muted swearing, and flipping the bird. I am suggesting that there is a connection. If niceness did not forbid our direct assertion on dog howls and childish vandalism, perhaps there wouldn’t be quite so much hostility stored up waiting to slosh out on Interstate-I5." --Elouise Bell

Her perspective has stuck with me for a long time - I remember first reading it at least 20 years ago in her column in Network, a long defunct Salt Lake women's newsletter.
Another thought are those who drive on UT roads who have never lived in the state. I can think of a few from CA, TX and other states with larger populations. Some who just don't like UT and think laws do not apply to them, given where they've driven previously.

MSR
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