Does UK Have Ruder Drivers Than USA?

Rude Driver

We read with interest the latest poll from US-based insurers Insurify that the state of Virginia is home to America’s rudest drivers.  We dug down a little deeper and here is what we found.

To be a ‘rude’ driver in the US, all you have to do is one of the following:

  • failure to stop for a red light, school bus, or stop sign
  • improperly backing up
  • passing where prohibited
  • tailgating
  • street racing
  • hit-and-run

OK, hit and run is definitely beyond rude.  But, having witnessed many a thick-necked shrimp blasting away in his souped-up toy car through the towns and villages of Good Old Blighty, we here at Need To Know Motors reckon we can give those Yanks a run for their money when it comes to rude drivers.  Here’s our top three ‘rudes’ that we have witnessed in the past few weeks:

  • flicking the V despite having been given right of way through parked cars
  • pinching a parking space despite seeing someone waiting for it
  • driving on the pavement and shouting vile abuse at a mother who had to steer her pushchair out of the driver’s way

In the US, the national average for instances of ‘rude’ driving in 2020 was 25.90 per 1,000 drivers. Good Ol’ Virginia came in at 43.26 out of 1,000, 41% higher than the national average.

Second was Delaware with 41.25 citations per 1,000 drivers (38% more often than national average) and the most common ‘rude’ driving example being failure to stop at a red light.

Third was comparatively priest-like Idaho with 39.97 citations per 1,000 drivers.

We don’t know of a comparable UK poll.  Do you?