If you're in Idaho, you've probably heard that we're number 1! "We're Num-ber One! We're Num-ber One!" (But I haven't heard our governor boasting about it, or turning it into a campaign issue... yet.)
According to a poll of 2000 drivers taken by website insure.com, Idaho drivers are the rudest! And our neighbors Wyoming, Nevada, and Utah are also in the Top Ten.
Apparently the SLOW Idaho drivers are rude for driving below the speed limit... and the FAST Idaho drivers aggressively speed around them and flip them off!
It goes without saying that Idaho cyclists can be lumped right in there. Our slow-moving ways really annoy the NASCAR rejects in our midst.
In all honesty, I can't say that Idaho's impatient, aggressive, fast drivers are any different from their like-minded comrades in other states. Surely even North Dakota (#51) has its share of hot-headed gear jammers. And interestingly, Idaho's rude drivers apparently avoid accidents... we have some of the lowest auto insurance rates (#48) in the nation.
My favorite rude drivers are the ones that gun their motors to demonstrate their rudeness and lack of patience to the rest of the world... and then when they get a chance, it's pedal-to-the-metal, roaring exhaust and sucking that $3.75 gas as fast as the fuel pump will deliver it... and then half-a-block later they slam on their brakes to avoid rear-ending the next guy who's blocking their speedy trajectory. So very impressive!