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Contemplating a road trip? These are the US cities with the rudest and most polite drivers

  • September 19, 2021

If you’re planning a road trip to a city or state you’ve never been to before, it’s reassuring to know ahead of time what to expect from its drivers. Will they let you in if you suddenly realize  you need to merge or engage in some inappropriate sign language?, a website that helps consumers compare rates for auto and home insurance. has listed the city with the rudest driver in every U.S. state.

So what defines rude driving?

According to the company, rude drivers have one or more of the following infractions on their records:

  • Failure to yield.
  • Failure to stop.
  • Improper backing.
  • Passing where prohibited.
  • Tailgating.
  • Street racing.
  • Hit-and-run.

These violations are disclosed when drivers apply for car insurance.

Hall of shame: The rudest drivers in every state

Here are the cities singled out by as having the rudest drivers in each state:

Alabama: Phenix City.  Drivers cited for rude behavior: 24.48 per 1,000 (31% ruder than state average)

Arizona: Flagstaff. Drivers cited for rude behavior: 35.00 per 1,000 (43% ruder than state average)

Arkansas: West Memphis. Drivers cited for rude behavior: 27.12 per 1,000 (39% ruder than state average)

5 cities with the rudest drivers

  1. Rancho Cordova, California: 65.37 per 1,000.
  2. Citrus Heights, California: 64.14 per 1,000.
  3. Ventura, California: 64.03 per 1,000.
  4. Hampton, Georgia: 62.35 per 1,000.
  5. Petersburg, Virginia: 53.36 per 1,000.

5 cities with the most polite drivers

  1. Somerset, Kentucky: 1.62 per 1,000.
  2. Corbin, Kentucky: 1.86 per 1,000.
  3. Rio Rancho, New Mexico: 3.8 per 1,000.
  4. Metairie, Louisiana: 17.94 per 1,000.
  5. Southaven, Mississippi: 19.3 per 1,000.

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Contributing: Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY

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