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Idaho Has the Nicest Drivers in the Country. Really?!

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Maciej Korzekwa

Here’s something to think about the next time a big jerk cuts you off in traffic. Idaho has the #1 most courteous drivers in the US.  Who knew!

What’s your biggest pet peeve on the roads?  I’m asking for a friend.  The lack of blinker use maybe?  Someone in a big truck rides your butt to try to scare you into moving over?  Simmer down, people!  It’s not that serious.

If you believe the results of this survey, Idahoans are great with turn signals and we don’t tailgate or get road rage over slow pokes. We’re nice on the roads, and there is no other state that beats us for courtesy.  Really!

Maybe this means drivers in other places around the country are just bottom-of-the-barrel-awful, and the best of the worst.  It’s all relative. has a Drive Human campaign with the goal of encouraging all of us to drive with a little more courtesy, and they did a survey that showed drivers in Idaho get an A in most driving categories, and we’re in first place among all fifty states.  High five yourself.  But not behind the wheel of course.

Some of the things that factored into the survey results included tailgating, using a turn signal, letting someone else have a parking spot, letting other cars merge, and not letting a huffy attitude be a response to slow drivers.

Our neighbors in Washington and Oregon are some of the worst drivers when it comes to letting other cars merge in traffic, according to the survey.  But they’re pretty good at using turn signals and letting others have parking spaces.  In Idaho, our strong suit is letting other cars pass without speeding up.  And we’re pretty unselfish with parking spaces and we use our turn signals.  By region, the Midwest has the most courteous drivers and the South has the rudest.

It’s nice to know that we have pretty courteous drivers overall in Idaho, huh?  If we run across bad drivers today between Boise and Eagle, apparently they will be the exception to the rule.  And everyone will be using a turn signal and not making us read their minds, and they won’t gas it when we’re trying to pass.  This is good news.

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