Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Mental Floss)   The worst drivers in America are .... Hold my PBR and let me finish this here headline thing. Whar Illinois? Whar   (mentalfloss.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Evidence, Anecdotal evidence, Socks, Moving violation, Sock, Safety pin, Driving, third year  
•       •       •

4319 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Jul 2020 at 4:18 PM (11 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



143 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2020-07-04 12:23:46 PM  
From the original source...

Massachusetts performs best. Though people who have to drive every day in Boston may disagree, Massachusetts has the fewest bad drivers in the nation, according to our study. The Bay State ranks within the best 10 states for three of the four metrics we considered, including having the fewest fatalities in the study per 100 million vehicle miles driven.

I've seen this since I lived in Boston twenty years ago. I've been on roads from NYC to LA to the mountains of Yunnan and Borneo, and the only thing preventing MA from going first to worst is the fact that they can't get going fast enough to kill anyone.
 
2020-07-04 12:25:21 PM  
MA is the first state that popped into my head.
 
2020-07-04 12:38:22 PM  
Having driven across 40 of the 50 states during my lifetime I will have to say the worst drivers are in Ohio, Missouri and Oregon.  Once in Dayton, OH I was cruising along at 80 and came across some idiot in the fast lane doing 50.  There was no other traffic around.

In Missouri they were shutting down the right lane and everyone was parked in the left lane.  I took advantage of the empty lane and zipper merged at it's end and the car behind me got all pissy about it.  This is after miles of miles of signs which state "merging traffic?  Use both lanes and zipper merge."  Apparently I was the only one able to read.  Merging excessively early (like five miles early) seems to be exclusively a Midwestern thing.

Oregon same issue.  More lane hogs.

Best states are California, Arizona and Texas.  In Texas "Drive friendly the Texas way" means pull into the breakdown lane and let the person behind you pass.  Just don't speed through the tiny towns.
 
2020-07-04 12:47:51 PM  
Louisiana needs to be WAY higher than 11. Horrible drivers, a ton of uninsured vehicles, and drive through daquiris.
Anecdotal and all, but my SO saw a guy in Lafayette LA chasing down his pick up truck that he'd gotten out of to retrieve the cell phone that he dropped. He failed to put it in park before he got out, and it was rolling away when he turned to walk back to it. His truck was in the suicide lane of a main road.
After a few years of living in Lafayette, neither of us was surprised by this.
 
2020-07-04 12:52:59 PM  
No Maryland? What the hell?
 
2020-07-04 1:05:16 PM  
This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms "speeding ticket" or "traffic ticket."

- how often residents Google the terms "speeding ticket" or "traffic ticket."


That one is just plain farking stupid.

- DUI arrests per 1000 drivers

There is an enforcement level issue here. What portion of impaired drivers are actually being caught in the various states?

- the percentage of uninsured drivers

Got to think about that one a little. Just being uninsured doesn't automatically make someone incapable or careless behind the wheel. One could posit that the very act of being uninsured is an act of negligence. One could then counter that this metric has a bias against states with greater poverty levels.

- number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven

Somewhat worthwhile, at least it's an actual measurable outcome. To really isolate "bad drivers" among such statistics you would need to correct for things not related to driver skill, like population (or more specific, traffic) density.

Overall, their whole approach is hilariously bad, yet this is their fourth annual version of it. It's pretty clearly not an attempt to provide a public benefit by distinguishing states with good drivers vs. those with bad. It's the lowest BS effort to throw together easy-to-acquire numbers that will get puked back up at a high number of click-bait sites in the hope that it will ultimately lead to more customers for their personal finance services.
 
2020-07-04 1:24:33 PM  

TomDooley: Having driven across 40 of the 50 states during my lifetime I will have to say the worst drivers are in Ohio, Missouri and Oregon.  Once in Dayton, OH I was cruising along at 80 and came across some idiot in the fast lane doing 50.  There was no other traffic around.

In Missouri they were shutting down the right lane and everyone was parked in the left lane.  I took advantage of the empty lane and zipper merged at it's end and the car behind me got all pissy about it.  This is after miles of miles of signs which state "merging traffic?  Use both lanes and zipper merge."  Apparently I was the only one able to read.  Merging excessively early (like five miles early) seems to be exclusively a Midwestern thing.

Oregon same issue.  More lane hogs.

Best states are California, Arizona and Texas.  In Texas "Drive friendly the Texas way" means pull into the breakdown lane and let the person behind you pass.  Just don't speed through the tiny towns.


I was with you most of the way, but CA is about as bad as it gets for left lane abuse, and the Phoenix valley area is basically what Massholes would be like if they had space to get up to speed. TX doesn't deserve its place on the list tho, and TN absolutely does.
 
2020-07-04 1:25:02 PM  
It's not my fault the slow left lane drivers in Illinois all have Wisconsin plates, subby. If you're in the left lane, you'd better be driving fast enough to overtake the traffic in the right lane in a reasonable amount of time. None of this rolling roadblock shiat that I keep seeing happening.

/Illinois driver
//drives aggressively when needed
 
2020-07-04 1:42:47 PM  
They must not have considered Washington DC and what the fark happened to New Jersey?
 
2020-07-04 1:48:29 PM  
MA is the best of the lot?!?!?!  LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

What farking stupid metrics are they using?!  *reads source*  Really?  Yeah, no.
 
2020-07-04 1:49:31 PM  
Maryland and Ohio were out reenacting scenes from Mad Max while this listicle was being generated.
 
2020-07-04 2:02:00 PM  
Based on metrics about being caught.

Ohio is not on the list.
 
2020-07-04 2:25:13 PM  
I drive on 285 every day, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2020-07-04 3:34:43 PM  

optikeye: Based on metrics about being caught.

Ohio is not on the list.


No metrics on accidents?
TFA said worst not most criminal
 
2020-07-04 4:22:58 PM  
The source of that list is QuoteWizard, who also (in a different list) thinks Miami drivers are the fourth BEST.

Which is incredibly stupid.

They need to throw out their metrics and find a new set.
 
2020-07-04 4:23:53 PM  
The Art of Driving by Black Box Recorder
Youtube Mm_W4r0Fw5g
 
2020-07-04 4:24:22 PM  
I know they're trolling because MASSholes are the worst drivers in the country.

/Floridians would be worse, but they're too clueless to be worse, MASSholes are purposefully bad
 
2020-07-04 4:25:45 PM  
cirby:
They need to throw out their metrics and find a new set.

Well you think the same thing about climate change, so you're not exactly a scientist, are you.
 
2020-07-04 4:26:05 PM  
Illinois drivers seem to drive just fine in their own state but as soon as they come up to WI it's a shiatshow on wheels.

/my lawn & state, get off it
 
2020-07-04 4:27:48 PM  
Boston demands a recount.
Preferably on 128 on a holiday weekend.

Florida reclines in the corner, arms crossed and smiles knowingly.
 
2020-07-04 4:29:26 PM  
How is Michigan not on that list? Michigan has some of the most suicidal/homicidal drivers I have ever seen.
 
2020-07-04 4:30:22 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: No Maryland? What the hell?


They had to leave them out - they blew the curve.
 
2020-07-04 4:30:26 PM  

Truck Fump: Boston demands a recount.
Preferably on 128 on a holiday weekend.

Florida reclines in the corner, arms crossed and smiles knowingly.


MA and AZ are the worst in my limited travels.

London was quite a clusterfark the one time I've been there.
 
2020-07-04 4:30:44 PM  
Why isn't Utah on this list?
 
2020-07-04 4:31:08 PM  

TomDooley: Having driven across 40 of the 50 states during my lifetime I will have to say the worst drivers are in Ohio, Missouri and Oregon.  Once in Dayton, OH I was cruising along at 80 and came across some idiot in the fast lane doing 50.  There was no other traffic around.

In Missouri they were shutting down the right lane and everyone was parked in the left lane.  I took advantage of the empty lane and zipper merged at it's end and the car behind me got all pissy about it.  This is after miles of miles of signs which state "merging traffic?  Use both lanes and zipper merge."  Apparently I was the only one able to read.  Merging excessively early (like five miles early) seems to be exclusively a Midwestern thing.

Oregon same issue.  More lane hogs.

Best states are California, Arizona and Texas.  In Texas "Drive friendly the Texas way" means pull into the breakdown lane and let the person behind you pass.  Just don't speed through the tiny towns.


Ohio cops patrol the highways very aggressively. In most states, you're might see a cop in the entire time you're in the state. In Ohio, they'll park at the state line ready and waiting and you'll see more of them every few miles. Locals know this, which is why they drive like they're paranoid of getting a ticket, because they are paranoid of getting a ticket.
 
2020-07-04 4:31:21 PM  
I thought MAssholes were the worst drivers in America too.  Then I moved to Miami.  First day I was there I drove past the scene of a fatal accident.  It didn't get all that better.  I probably saw more accidents there in the year I lived there than I've seen in the rest of my life combined.
 
2020-07-04 4:31:24 PM  

TheFoz: Illinois drivers seem to drive just fine in their own state but as soon as they come up to WI it's a shiatshow on wheels.

/my lawn & state, get off it


I have to disagree. Illinois drivers suck EVERYWHERE. Barely a day goes by when some asshat(s) don't know or care that the far left lane is for passing. Not to mention the almost daily accident on I-80 that turns a normally reasonable commute to rubbernecking hell. We just can't have nice things here.
 
2020-07-04 4:31:39 PM  

TheFoz: Illinois drivers seem to drive just fine in their own state but as soon as they come up to WI it's a shiatshow on wheels.

/my lawn & state, get off it


WI drivers have one speed regardless of conditions and situation. Clear day, no traffic, 68 mph. Foggy and icy, 68 mph. Construction zone with people working, 68 mph.
 
2020-07-04 4:33:04 PM  
If I95 runs through the state (yes that includes you, PA) it belongs on the list
 
2020-07-04 4:33:31 PM  

ColonelCathcart: I know they're trolling because MASSholes are the worst drivers in the country.

/Floridians would be worse, but they're too clueless to be worse, MASSholes are purposefully bad


Based on a totally unscientific sample of traffic on the Mass Pike, speeders and weavers are mostly carrying NY or CT plates, or are driving either Benz, Audi or...maybe BMW. And then, there are the Honda and Mazda boy racers.

Also, MA is spotty. People behave pretty well, except when the traffic flow appears to have been designed by the DOT intern. I offer Rt 16 through Wellealey as an example.
 
2020-07-04 4:37:03 PM  

Wendigogo: TheFoz: Illinois drivers seem to drive just fine in their own state but as soon as they come up to WI it's a shiatshow on wheels.

/my lawn & state, get off it

I have to disagree. Illinois drivers suck EVERYWHERE. Barely a day goes by when some asshat(s) don't know or care that the far left lane is for passing. Not to mention the almost daily accident on I-80 that turns a normally reasonable commute to rubbernecking hell. We just can't have nice things here.


Heh, fair.

I've driven to Chicago a bunch so what those drivers do is "normal" for them and how Chicago traffic is.  When they drive up to WI it's abnormal for how most of WI drives so it causes problems.

Plenty of terrible drivers in WI as well.  Thankfully I'm working remote and don't have to deal with the Madison Beltline for a while.
 
2020-07-04 4:37:44 PM  
Georgia is not on the list? They must have been drunk the last time they hit Atlanta.

I will agree to both Tennessee and Florida. Chattanooga can be downright scary and Nashville has the most outdated roads. Knoxville is almost as bad. Miami has the worst mix of Latin and Elderly and Orlando drivers would just as soon run over you that to yield.
 
2020-07-04 4:37:50 PM  

LarryDan43: TheFoz: Illinois drivers seem to drive just fine in their own state but as soon as they come up to WI it's a shiatshow on wheels.

/my lawn & state, get off it

WI drivers have one speed regardless of conditions and situation. Clear day, no traffic, 68 mph. Foggy and icy, 68 mph. Construction zone with people working, 68 mph.


Heh, I wish that were true.

The first dusting of snow turns my 10 minute commute into a 30 minute shiatshow.
 
wee
2020-07-04 4:39:17 PM  
List is terrible because Florida isn't #1.
 
2020-07-04 4:41:22 PM  
Where the hell are people driving? Everyone knows the New Jersey drivers are the worst in the nation. This is common knowledge. Every other state is better, and that's not a compliment to the other states drivers.
 
2020-07-04 4:43:03 PM  

TheFoz: Wendigogo: TheFoz: Illinois drivers seem to drive just fine in their own state but as soon as they come up to WI it's a shiatshow on wheels.

/my lawn & state, get off it

I have to disagree. Illinois drivers suck EVERYWHERE. Barely a day goes by when some asshat(s) don't know or care that the far left lane is for passing. Not to mention the almost daily accident on I-80 that turns a normally reasonable commute to rubbernecking hell. We just can't have nice things here.

Heh, fair.

I've driven to Chicago a bunch so what those drivers do is "normal" for them and how Chicago traffic is.  When they drive up to WI it's abnormal for how most of WI drives so it causes problems.

Plenty of terrible drivers in WI as well.  Thankfully I'm working remote and don't have to deal with the Madison Beltline for a while.


...working remote...

Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2020-07-04 4:44:44 PM  

germ78: It's not my fault the slow left lane drivers in Illinois all have Wisconsin plates, subby. If you're in the left lane, you'd better be driving fast enough to overtake the traffic in the right lane in a reasonable amount of time. None of this rolling roadblock shiat that I keep seeing happening.

/Illinois driver
//drives aggressively when needed


This. It's not my fault that Sconnies don't know how to use the passing lane. Almost every time I pass someone on the right, it's a farking Sconnie.
 
2020-07-04 4:46:24 PM  
Ever notice how the default opinion of whiny dorks worldwide is "Practically everybody except me is a terrible driver"
 
2020-07-04 4:46:49 PM  
Pokémon players with guns ?

/dnrtfa
 
2020-07-04 4:47:25 PM  

johnny_vegas: They must not have considered Washington DC and what the fark happened to New Jersey?


NJ drivers aren't bad, they understand the rules of war better than most.

/Your blinker gives away your plan to the enemy.
 
2020-07-04 4:47:45 PM  

twat_waffle: germ78: It's not my fault the slow left lane drivers in Illinois all have Wisconsin plates, subby. If you're in the left lane, you'd better be driving fast enough to overtake the traffic in the right lane in a reasonable amount of time. None of this rolling roadblock shiat that I keep seeing happening.

/Illinois driver
//drives aggressively when needed

This. It's not my fault that Sconnies don't know how to use the passing lane. Almost every time I pass someone on the right, it's a farking Sconnie.


Yep.

And as far as the rest of the state, it's the suburbanite jackasses that are the most dangerous. Downtown Chicago: aggressive but predictable. Anywhere else in the state: not enough people.
 
2020-07-04 4:48:27 PM  

TheFoz: Illinois drivers seem to drive just fine in their own state but as soon as they come up to WI it's a shiatshow on wheels.

/my lawn & state, get off it


That's because we've got to slalom through the expressways. You guys like to hang out in the passing lane. Seriously, every time I've driven from Beloit to Madison I've had to pass more people on the right than on the left.
 
2020-07-04 4:48:35 PM  

Another Government Employee: Miami has the worst mix of Latin and Elderly and Orlando drivers would just as soon run over you that to yield.



How do you feel about black drivers and women drivers and Asian drivers?
 
2020-07-04 4:49:34 PM  

twat_waffle: germ78: It's not my fault the slow left lane drivers in Illinois all have Wisconsin plates, subby. If you're in the left lane, you'd better be driving fast enough to overtake the traffic in the right lane in a reasonable amount of time. None of this rolling roadblock shiat that I keep seeing happening.

/Illinois driver
//drives aggressively when needed

This. It's not my fault that Sconnies don't know how to use the passing lane. Almost every time I pass someone on the right, it's a farking Sconnie.


Yeah there's a lot of that in WI but there's always that IL person doing the same in WI.

Terrible drivers are everywhere.

PASSING LANE PEOPLE.  PASS, THEN MOVE YOUR ASS.
 
2020-07-04 4:52:12 PM  

twat_waffle: TheFoz: Illinois drivers seem to drive just fine in their own state but as soon as they come up to WI it's a shiatshow on wheels.

/my lawn & state, get off it

That's because we've got to slalom through the expressways. You guys like to hang out in the passing lane. Seriously, every time I've driven from Beloit to Madison I've had to pass more people on the right than on the left.


Now that the interstate going out of Madison is three lanes it's so much smoother.

Sure, you're always gonna have that asshat driving 65 in the left lane but at least now it's easier to pass.

Drove from Madison to my parents house in SE WI this weekend and it was smooth sailing.  YMMV and all..
 
2020-07-04 4:52:45 PM  

mikaloyd: Another Government Employee: Miami has the worst mix of Latin and Elderly and Orlando drivers would just as soon run over you that to yield.


How do you feel about black drivers and women drivers and Asian drivers?


Black drivers are pretty predictable and cautious. Asians tend to be aggressive, stopping too quickly at red lights (I've nearly ran up the back of a few). Latin folks think stop signs are a suggestion. Elderly...well you don't know if they are going to hit the gas or the brakes.

And of course, we privileged Crackers think we own the road.
 
2020-07-04 4:53:45 PM  
Florida I get. But no Georgia? Well, if Atlanta was a state it would be there. Probably at Number 1.
 
2020-07-04 4:54:49 PM  

Another Government Employee: Georgia is not on the list? They must have been drunk the last time they hit Atlanta.

I will agree to both Tennessee and Florida. Chattanooga can be downright scary and Nashville has the most outdated roads. Knoxville is almost as bad. Miami has the worst mix of Latin and Elderly and Orlando drivers would just as soon run over you that to yield.


What HE said.
 
2020-07-04 4:56:04 PM  

dustman81: TomDooley: Having driven across 40 of the 50 states during my lifetime I will have to say the worst drivers are in Ohio, Missouri and Oregon.  Once in Dayton, OH I was cruising along at 80 and came across some idiot in the fast lane doing 50.  There was no other traffic around.

In Missouri they were shutting down the right lane and everyone was parked in the left lane.  I took advantage of the empty lane and zipper merged at it's end and the car behind me got all pissy about it.  This is after miles of miles of signs which state "merging traffic?  Use both lanes and zipper merge."  Apparently I was the only one able to read.  Merging excessively early (like five miles early) seems to be exclusively a Midwestern thing.

Oregon same issue.  More lane hogs.

Best states are California, Arizona and Texas.  In Texas "Drive friendly the Texas way" means pull into the breakdown lane and let the person behind you pass.  Just don't speed through the tiny towns.

Ohio cops patrol the highways very aggressively. In most states, you're might see a cop in the entire time you're in the state. In Ohio, they'll park at the state line ready and waiting and you'll see more of them every few miles. Locals know this, which is why they drive like they're paranoid of getting a ticket, because they are paranoid of getting a ticket.


I recall they have signs when you come into the state "zero tolerance for drugs."  And yes they'll pull you over for going one mile over the speed limit.  My Aunt lives there and is concerned about the economy.  I told her good luck because who would want to start a new business in a police state.  You can't attract decent employees to an area where you'll get thrown in jail for an ounce of pot.
 
2020-07-04 4:56:38 PM  

dustman81: TomDooley: Having driven across 40 of the 50 states during my lifetime I will have to say the worst drivers are in Ohio, Missouri and Oregon.  Once in Dayton, OH I was cruising along at 80 and came across some idiot in the fast lane doing 50.  There was no other traffic around.

In Missouri they were shutting down the right lane and everyone was parked in the left lane.  I took advantage of the empty lane and zipper merged at it's end and the car behind me got all pissy about it.  This is after miles of miles of signs which state "merging traffic?  Use both lanes and zipper merge."  Apparently I was the only one able to read.  Merging excessively early (like five miles early) seems to be exclusively a Midwestern thing.

Oregon same issue.  More lane hogs.

Best states are California, Arizona and Texas.  In Texas "Drive friendly the Texas way" means pull into the breakdown lane and let the person behind you pass.  Just don't speed through the tiny towns.

Ohio cops patrol the highways very aggressively. In most states, you're might see a cop in the entire time you're in the state. In Ohio, they'll park at the state line ready and waiting and you'll see more of them every few miles. Locals know this, which is why they drive like they're paranoid of getting a ticket, because they are paranoid of getting a ticket.


I grew up in Ohio, moved, and was visiting. I never had my license when I lived in Ohio. Yet I felt comfortable driving in Ohio compared to home since driving like I was paranoid of getting a ticket.

Nothing like seeing a state trooper just pointing his radar gun down an interstate or being bottled up in construction at night in a self labeled "Safety Corridor" only to find another cop facing the wrong way as we come out of the area.
 
Displayed 50 of 143 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Newest | Show all


View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter



  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.