Dear Berkshire County residents, is it just me, or have other drivers out there on the roads gotten even crazier since the pandemic? Maybe I’m just delusional, but it seems like more and more riders are out there pulling some dangerous stunts lately.
For example, I’ve never seen as many people run red lights in my life as I have in the last year or so. And we’re not talking about “yellow lights turning into red lights”. We’re talking about bright red traffic lights. This is dangerous.
How many times have you been interrupted by another driver lately? Or did you have another driver right on your ass until you stopped and avoided him? Or did someone yell and yell at you? Or just lie on her horn continuously? or are she that the other driver is doing all these things?
Economic and financial magazine forbes I recently did a Road Rage study and got some pretty interesting results. They ranked the states according to the strongest confrontation drivers. Where do you think Massachusetts is?
First off, the Forbes team rated each state on 10 factors, including everything from obscene hand gestures to swearing, driving another driver off the road and shoot at them! 5,000 drivers, 100 from each state, were interviewed.
Guess what? Utah came in #1! For Loud Screaming, Beehive State ranked #1 Most Confrontational Drivers. According to the survey, 27% of Utah drivers said they knew someone in their state who was injured in a traffic accident.
Missouri came in at number 2 and Colorado has the third most confrontational riders in the country. I have to admit, while I love the Bay State, I thought Massachusetts would have ranked higher in the study. Not that we’re not high. Massachusetts came in at #15. 15 out of 50? That’s pretty high.
By the way, I don’t think I’ll be in any hurry to move to Missouri anytime soon. Drivers in Missouri were more likely than drivers in any other state to report that another driver had shot or pointed a gun at them. Not for me, thanks
On the other hand, the state with the least confrontational drivers is…North Dakota. Followed by Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and believe it or not, New York. The study has a lot of cool data to read through. Do yourself a favor and see for yourself by visiting Forbes’ website here.
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