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Here's the State Whose Drivers Are the Rudest

Idaho's the worst; Washington, DC, is No. 2: survey
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Suggested by T.A.R.D.I.S
Posted Sep 28, 2014 11:43 AM CDT
Here's the State Whose Drivers Are the Rudest
In this July 1941 photo, a car drives down a highway leading to Emmett, Idaho.   (AP Photo/Farm Security Administration, Russell Lee)

Nervous motorists may want to avoid Idaho—it is, according to a new survey, the state that's home to the country's rudest drivers, MSN Autos reports. Why? Two reasons, reports: Drivers who drive too slowly and those who tear past them "and flip them off." Most Idahoans are "just fine taking their time, driving 5 to 10 miles an hour under the limit," says a new arrival to the state. Maybe their cautious approach is why insurance premiums in the state are some of the lowest nationwide.

The second-rudest "state" in the survey isn't actually a state: "Driving in (Washington) DC can be compared to the recklessness of our politics: self-serving, abrasive, and unsafe," notes a local. Then there's New York: “I’m trying to figure out if that woman talking on her cell and smoking a cigarette is going to run a stop sign," says one driver. Rounding out the top five are Wyoming and Massachusetts. As for what frustrates other drivers the most, talking on a phone takes the cake, annoying 47% of the 2,000 survey respondents; tailgating is No. 2, at 37%. Click for the full list. (More Idaho stories.)

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