I have to vent to some one.
While I agree with the Utah vs. California findings, the test must be flawed because it ranks Wyoming above either California or Utah. And Idaho is #1? Seriously....?
East Coast in the house!!!! Haha. But seriously, American drivers are still much worse than drivers overseas, even in 3rd world countries. A lot can be said for drivers that can manipulate the roads without actual lane markers or signals! Do they even have CARS in Idaho and Wyoming?!?!?
Hold on just a second there, California. There's pseudoscientific push-polling from GMAC, then there's hard data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which tells a different story entirely: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/49_UT/2006/49_UT_2006.htmhttp://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/6_CA/2006/6_CA_2006.HTMNow if we could just figure out how many of the Utah crashes were actually BYU freshmen from California...
LOL to Rudie's comment...because I must say the only accident I have been in was when I was a freshman at BYU and I am from California! But I blamed that on the crazy left hand turn rules and lights that Utah has :) And I'm sure Idaho and Alaska ranked so high because their populations are so low. I'm still bummed that California ranked in the middle, but then again, our pop. is really high...oh well....all I know is drivers out here in Utah do suck...and I'm NOT one of them (of course not because I am from California and we Californians are perfect!!!!)
DC scored 48th? Not surprising to say the least.
In college we joked about Utah drivers....we're bad (except for me) but at least we can park straight in the lines. My roommates from Idaho had never seen lines before, at least it seemed that way.
You're welcome, Kory. Thought it might make a fun debate (something yet to be seen on my blog dedicated to baby Bella...).Since debate and disagreement tend to go hand-in-hand, I'd like to, um, disagree with steve and say that I've NEVER been more afraid in a car than when I was in both Manila and the DF (Mexico City, for you non-Chilangos out there). And I've driven all across this country, including in DC! Utah does come in a close third, though, after the two foreign cities mentioned above.
No way I would ever trust a report that lists Nevada above California; but my experience is limited to two years in Las Vegas. Maybe the rest of the state is what saved it.Utah drivers are bad because their cars are too big and they're just not aware of what's going on around them, but Nevada drivers are bad because they're just plain rude and aggressive. My only beef with California drivers is you have to go around them on the freeway because they never leave the left lane.
Daisy- I was in Vegas last week for work- when someone cut me off, and then continued to drive faster than I was currently driving I thought, "Now THIS is how it's done!" I think Irvine California brought down the California rating (those who've driven in residential Irvine will understand, it's my personal driving hell) Utah is the only place where you want to stay in the right hand lane- it typically is the fastest, because no one is in it!
New Breed of Drivers to Hate: PRIUS drivers. The only think worse than a prius driver is an H2 or H3.
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