According to a new survey, the usual suspects when it comes to rude driving in the US are not the ones you would expect. Yep, New Jersey’s drivers are way back in the Top 10, New Yorkers only third and California is nowhere to be seen.

So, when it comes to benchmarking the obscene gestures, tailgating, cutting people off and several other rude ideas, the motorists should avoid the state… of Idaho. The rural region that is renowned for driving miles before seeing any life signs has earned a bad rep when it comes to drivers.

“Casting aspersions toward other drivers is a long-standing tradition,” said Amy Danise, editorial director for, who commissioned the study. “We wanted to know not only where the rude drivers come from, but also who thinks they’re rude.”

Idaho is followed on the list by Washington; New York; Wyoming; Massachusetts; Delaware; Vermont; New Jersey; Nevada and Utah. It seems like California drivers have a bad impression about every other driver outside the region, so they were accordingly dubbed in the survey as “the biggest haters.”

The 2,000 drivers that participated in the survey said that the rudest gestures or remarks were to: talk on the cell while behind the wheel (47%), tailgating (37%), not signaling (35%) and jumping in and out of lanes (28%).



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