Road rage is one of the scariest things about driving. Every time you get in the car, you’re at risk of making the wrong person angry. Make a wrong move, and you don’t know whether you’re going to get tailgated, followed, have a gun pointed at you, or worse. Conversely, many of us show aggressive behaviors behind the wheel, too. It doesn’t matter whether you’re late, having a bad day, or are angry about something else. Road rage is a problem, whether we’re the ones who have it or are the victims of it.
There have been numerous studies on road rage, but a report by Drive Human, a research group run by Kars4Kids, has broken up road rage incidents and bad driving habits by state. The results are interesting — and not good.
Drive Human asked drivers to fill out a simple 10-question survey and awarded them points based on their answers. The states with the most courteous drivers are Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Montana, and Alaska. After that, things fall off pretty quickly. With 2,500 responses from all over the country, it began to get a picture of what it looks like to drive in the U.S. And it looks, well, scary. With a combination of bad driving habits and all-out road rage, these are the 15 worst states to drive in.
15. Nebraska: C-
With its wide open spaces, the Cornhusker State has plenty of room for everybody. Somehow, its drivers haven’t gotten that memo. According to the study, they don’t like to use turn signals in Nebraska. They also aren’t likely to let cars merge in front of them, God help you if you’re tailgating someone, and they’re liable to careen across multiple lanes of traffic to make sure they get off at the next exit.
Next: These residents don’t merge well.