In January this year, before COVID, my wife and I were able to use some regional upgrade certs to fly Delta business class to Hawaii in Delta One-lite. I say “lite” because the service is like a domestic first class flight vs. an international flight in Delta One. Then again, I would have had to use a Global Upgrade cert vs. a Regional if Delta were to change this ten-ish hour flight to Delta One.
During our visit to the Big Island, we rented a car for part of the time to explore the island. Since it was Hawaii, why not rent a convertible and really enjoy the drive (it was fantastic fun, BTW)?
Coming from Indiana, where drivers tend to lean toward the friendly side, I come to expect a certain “type” of driver. Not to say ALL drivers in Indiana are courteous – just more than I have found in, say, Chicago.
And that brings me to today’s post and thoughts in my head. The Swedish news site “The Local” recently had a story “Who are the worst drivers in Europe?“. They found that:
- French and Greeks are the rudest
- Swedes most likely to drive too fast
- Swedes also most likely to drive too close to another car
- Dutch the most likely to undertake [pass on the right]
- Spanish most likely to use their horn
At first glance, having been on the roads in all of the above mentioned countries except for Greece, I would tend to agree with this assessment. I have found driving in England unique but they are soon leaving the EU so they no longer count – right? 😉
Well, what about over here in the USA? Is there any data as to who are the worst drivers? Turns out there is:
SmartAsset.com has some data points but they are focusing their data on quantifiable statistics vs. just what you or I may think of people behind the wheel.
Personally, I am stunned by how folks drive in NYC as well as Chicago. I mean stunned in a bad way. How many dents can you have and not feel the need to fix it I ask?
I hate driving in Florida. I mean HATE it. I love when folks put on the right turn blinker and turn left across 3 lanes of traffic.
I have driven a ton in the Salt Lake area due to years of winter visits for skiing. Utahans (is that a word?), I feel, tend to be heavy on the gas pedal but that does not really bother me much coming from a Swedish background.
I would love to get your input. If you were to pick just one state that has the worst drivers what would it be? Also, what one state has the best drivers? Then maybe in a later post I will pop up a poll for everyone to vote on with feedback from this post.
This should be fun! – René
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