States with the Rudest Drivers
Driving is risky enough as is, even when you’re trying your best to be safe; external circumstances such as road conditions and surrounding traffic can lead to dangerous driving mishaps for even the most careful drivers. However, it’s an entirely different level of danger when drivers completely ignore all driving decorum, disregarding the rules that are meant to regulate traffic and keep both drivers and pedestrians safe. Rude driving behavior at its most egregious can mean running through red lights, failing to yield the right of way, or even causing an accident and fleeing the scene, among other offenses. Not only are these violations unkind, but they’re also extremely dangerous and warrant greater scrutiny and awareness.
Rude drivers are everywhere — in city streets, on open country roads, and flying through suburban enclaves. However, some states see higher rates of the most extreme forms of rude driving behavior than others. To see where rude driving is unfortunately more of the norm, the data scientists at Insurify looked to their database to identify the states with the rudest drivers in 2021.
National average. The average share of drivers with “rude” infractions on their record in the United States is 25.90 per 1,000 drivers. Among the 10 states with the rudest drivers, the average share of rude drivers is 46 percent higher, at 37.88 per 1,000 drivers.
Rude, repeatedly. Eight of the ten states in the rankings in 2021 maintained their position within the list of states with the rudest drivers in 2020. The state in the number one spot, Virginia, has remained consistent between 2020 and 2021.
Pull out the stops. Failing to stop at a red light is the most common rude violation, while street racing is the least common, which occurs 99 percent less frequently. However, among the eight of the top ten states with the rudest drivers, the most common rude violation is failure to stop at a stop sign.
Nice drivers finish last. The states who came in last place, with the lowest share of rude drivers, otherwise known as the nicest driving states, are Kentucky, Mississippi, and Maine. The rate of rude drivers in these three states is 10.01 per 1,000, 14.15 per 1,000, and 14.61 per 1,000, respectively.
The data scientists at Insurify, a platform to compare auto insurance quotes, referred to their database of over 4 million car insurance applications to identify the states with the rudest drivers.
When applying for car insurance, applicants disclose their state of residence and any prior violations on their driving record. Insurify determined the following violations as most indicative of rude driving: failure to yield violations (failure to yield the right of way, failure to yield to a pedestrian), failure to stop violations (failure to stop for a red light, school bus, or stop sign), improper backing, passing where prohibited, tailgating, street racing, and hit-and-runs.
Analysts compared the number of drivers in each state with one or more of these violations on record to the total driving population. The states with the highest share of drivers with these penalties were determined as the states with the rudest drivers.
Top 10 States with the Rudest Drivers 2021
1. Virginia - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 43.26 out of 1,000
2. Delaware - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 41.25 out of 1,000
3. Idaho - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 39.97 out of 1,000
4. Georgia - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 39.53 out of 1,000
5. Wyoming - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 38.35 out of 1,000
6. Ohio - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 37.67 out of 1,000
7. Wisconsin - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 35.29 out of 1,000
8. Nebraska - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 35.14 out of 1,000
9. Iowa - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 34.80 out of 1,000
10. Alaska - Drivers cited for rude behavior: 33.53 out of 1,000
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