Worst Drivers in the US by City

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    Oct 11, 2011 3:51 PM GMT
    Unfortunately I've driven in almost every one of these US cities, and they really are bad. Miami being the very worst doesn't surprise me, I've been driving there and in this surrounding area since 1973, it's always been awful. The consequence I most dislike is very high car insurance rates, that reflect the risk of driving here with a high accident rate.

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    Oct 11, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    One that didn't make the list -- but should have -- is St. Louis. I used to live there. Worst drivers I've ever seen: Scary, angry, dangerous, discourteous, sometimes irrational.

    I also lived in L.A., and thought drivers there were good and usually courteous.
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    Oct 11, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    In Miami, cars drive you.
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    Oct 11, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidOne that didn't make the list -- but should have -- is St. Louis. I used to live there. Worst drivers I've ever seen: Scary, angry, dangerous, discourteous, sometimes irrational.

    I used to fly into St. Louis quite often, take a rental car to the USAR Personnel Command on (9700?) Page Blvd. for various official reasons. I think it's been relocated since then. In any case I didn't find the traffic terribly bad, and I'd drive around for a few days to restaurants & such, did the Gateway Arch, all that good stuff.

    I like Seattle drivers, very efficient & predictable, especially on I-5 and 405. Few lane changes, unlike the Miami area, where they practice the "zig-zag" school of driving.

    Traffic flow in Seattle is very smooth & constant, despite a heavy volume on freeways. By not changing lanes every 100 yards like in Miami the traffic flows more quickly, and drivers get into the lane they need to exit early, no last-second swerving across multiple lanes like we experience here, that forces drivers to brake to avoid a collision. That in turn creates a magnifying cascade effect, so that 40 cars back the traffic comes to a standstill, when it could be flowing smoothly.
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    Oct 11, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    Seattle is pretty bad by California standards. "Slow traffic keep right except to pass" Apparently, that only applies to Canadians.

    My personal favorite is the endless stream of drivers on southbound 405, most likely Redmond employees, trying to escape the HOV lane and catch the I-90 bridge to Seattle across three lanes of traffic.

    Prop I1125 is being pushed by someone who despises light rail as it gives people a choice to live besides...Redmond, where he owns commercial property.

    http://sos.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/text/i1125.pdf

    http://www.permanentdefense.org/mediacenter/2011/05/i-1125-appears-to-contain-an-anti-east-link-clause.html

    Grab 'yer popcorn and stay tuned on how this one turns out.
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    Oct 11, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
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    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidOne that didn't make the list -- but should have -- is St. Louis. I used to live there. Worst drivers I've ever seen: Scary, angry, dangerous, discourteous, sometimes irrational.

    I like Seattle drivers, very efficient & predictable, especially on I-5 and 495. Few lane changes, unlike the Miami area, where they practice the "zig-zag" school of driving.

    Ugh. We only have two lanes to choose from on most of it and we prove we can't have nice things by honking up both of them.

    I-5 towards downtown Seattle turns into a parkinglot 12 hours out of 24.

    I work for a company that moved 20 miles north to Everett. People are quitting instead of dealing with the traffic.
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    Oct 11, 2011 6:18 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIn Miami, cars drive you.

    I think the term is "hat wearers". All you see is a hat and two hands gripping the steering wheel.

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    Oct 11, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidOne that didn't make the list -- but should have -- is St. Louis. I used to live there. Worst drivers I've ever seen: Scary, angry, dangerous, discourteous, sometimes irrational.

    I also lived in L.A., and thought drivers there were good and usually courteous.

    I agree. No one wants to be shot at in LA. Shuts down an interstate for hours while they search for suspects.

    The trick to LA is the HOV lanes don't get used very often. So, if you have a job interview in North Hollywood from San Diego, bribe a passenger to come along.

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    Oct 11, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    Any 'Worst Drivers' list that doesn't have Boston #1 is a flawed list.
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    Oct 11, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    There was a show... Canada's worst driver.. Turned out to be Asian in that episode. I have driven in Toronto, UGH!

    I have driven in Vancouver. Very easy to get around and courteous.

    Miami, I was there recently, and it was the zig-zag approach.

    Colorado: no one wants you to pass them so they pace the car next to you.

    California, you need to be driving/flying a fighter jet to get pulled over. No turn signals.

    NEW YORK: ABSOLUTELY NOT! Taxi or metro all the way!

    Wisconsin, I grew up there. Have to deal with all of the Illinois flat landers wanting to take their boats to the land of 10k lakes!. UGH! icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 11, 2011 8:37 PM GMT
    wi2sd said

    Wisconsin, I grew up there. Have to deal with all of the Illinois flat landers wanting to take their boats to the land of 10k lakes!. UGH! icon_smile.gif


    In Illinois, away from Chicago, we get stuck behind farm combines with a top speed of 25mhp worth more than a house.

    But, I agree on boats. Can't see through them, can't get around them and they tend to gravitate towards the passing lane.
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    Oct 11, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    I have lived many places and I have to say it is a toss up between Jersey and Miami! However Boston is really bad too... IDK icon_confused.gif !
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    paulflexes saidIn Miami, cars drive you.

    I think the term is "hat wearers". All you see is a hat and two hands gripping the steering wheel.

    And young women on cellphones and texting (got rear-ended by one a couple weeks ago, and saw several other collisions from that).
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:15 PM GMT
    New York. Oh dear god, absolutely mind blowing.
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidIn Miami, cars drive you.

    I think the term is "hat wearers". All you see is a hat and two hands gripping the steering wheel.

    In North Dakota, with a very old demographic, we called them wool heads. Their husband dead, these old widows all had short, curly hairstyles in either white or blue. They had to look through the steering wheel they were so shrunken, so that all you could see from another car behind was this wooly mass poking up. And you steered clear of them, because they couldn't drive worth a damn.
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    This is a survey of people's opinions on the worst cities and many of the places listed seem to be places that attract a lot of out of towners. One I thing I've noticed when traveling is that the same crap you just put up with at home always seems worse in a town you're not familiar with.
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidOne that didn't make the list -- but should have -- is St. Louis. I used to live there. Worst drivers I've ever seen: Scary, angry, dangerous, discourteous, sometimes irrational.

    I also lived in L.A., and thought drivers there were good and usually courteous.


    I'll vouch for this. STL drivers are belligerent, but they can also yell f*ck you with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth and a beer between their legs.
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    Zettabyte saidNew York. Oh dear god, absolutely mind blowing.


    If you look at the plates on the bad drivers in the city, 9 times out of 10 they will have Jersey plates. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
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    Zettabyte saidNew York. Oh dear god, absolutely mind blowing.


    If you look at the plates on the bad drivers in the city, 9 times out of 10 they will have Jersey plates. icon_smile.gif


    YES!!!
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    Oct 11, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    DC. There are no words to describe how awful DC traffic is almost every day at any time of day. Northern Virginia is particularly the worst! I hear plenty of complaints from Marylanders about how Virginians drive icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 11, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidAny 'Worst Drivers' list that doesn't have Boston #1 is a flawed list.


    So true.... these bastards are evil.
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    Oct 11, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidDC. There are no words to describe how awful DC traffic is almost every day at any time of day. Northern Virginia is particularly the worst! I hear plenty of complaints from Marylanders about how Virginians drive icon_rolleyes.gif


    DC has terrible TRAFFIC, yes. But the drivers are on average not worse than many other cities I've driven in. Boston being MUCH worse than DC.... awful awful awful. In DC the biggest problem are cabs. They are the true assholes of the road.
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    Oct 11, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    Atlanta as No. 2 is no surprise. Driver's Ed was removed from curricula in many schools long ago along with music and language programs. This city is built on having a car and driving it everywhere. Public transportation is the pitts and looked upon as a stigma relegated to the poor.

    We recently had a pay HOV lane added to one of the freeways with the cost graduated to increase as congestion increases. A one way trip into town can cost more than $10 for some travelers. Let's say round trip: $15 per day, $75 per week, $330 per month, $3,700 per year with vacation and holiday off. This dumb idea is not working.

    Atlanta is synonymous with poor driving skills and massive congestion.
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    Oct 11, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    nabob7729 saidAtlanta as No. 2 is no surprise. Driver's Ed was removed from curricula in many schools long ago along with music and language programs. This city is built on having a car and driving it everywhere. Public transportation is the pitts and looked upon as a stigma relegated to the poor.

    We recently had a pay HOV lane added to one of the freeways with the cost graduated to increase as congestion increases. A one way trip into town can cost more than $10 for some travelers. Let's say round trip: $15 per day, $75 per week, $330 per month, $3,700 per year with vacation and holiday off. This dumb idea is not working.

    Atlanta is synonymous with poor driving skills and massive congestion.


    Doesn't Atlanta have that cool MARTA system? Or is it like the San Diego light rail, never goes where you need it to.
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    Oct 12, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    Gotta be Alhambra and Monterey Park, CA for the worst. Best ... hmmmm .... I would almost have to say …. Detroit