Road rage is a common occurrence that many of us have unfortunately witnessed while on the road. It’s a situation where the stress and frustrations of everyday life can sometimes spill over into our driving experiences. It’s like a real-life episode of a high-stress reality show. Horns blaring, hands waving, and cars darting around like they’re in a NASCAR race.

Forbes Advisor, an online platform providing personal finance advice, news, and reviews, reported a surge in violent road rage incidents nationwide. In 2022, 413 people suffered injuries in road rage shootings, an increase since 2018. Some states see more confrontational driving, which affects driver safety differently. Forbes Advisor conducted a survey with 10,000 drivers, comparing all 50 states across nine key metrics. These metrics include instances where drivers reported others forcing them off the road or engaging in verbal or physical confrontations. This data helped to identify states with the most confrontational drivers.

Where Michigan Ranks Among Confrontational Drivers

The study revealed that Michigan ranks 14th among states with the most polite drivers. In Michigan, only 5% of surveyed drivers reported being forced off the road by confrontational drivers. However, 43% of the state’s drivers have experienced being yelled at, insulted, or threatened while driving.

The State With The Most Confrontational Drivers

Arizona leads the ranking of states with the highest road rage incidents, while Delaware has the most polite drivers in the country. Among the top 10 states with the highest levels of confrontational driving, five are in the South. This includes West Virginia, Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Texas. On the other hand, four of the top 10 states with the most polite drivers can be found in the Pacific and Western regions, specifically Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, and New Mexico.

Based on their research findings, drivers reported experiencing road rage most frequently on city streets (29.18%), freeways or highways (26.59%), and in parking lots (14.9%). The study also identified common factors contributing to road rage, with heavy traffic (39.35%), pre-existing stress (38.06%), and running late (33.89%) ranking among the top reasons cited by drivers.

Take a look at the complete study here.

Roadside Frustrations: 8 Most Annoying Habits Of Other Drivers

You’re cruising down the road, wind in your hair, and the stereo cranked up to your favorite song. Life couldn’t be better, right? Well, hold on, because here come those annoying drivers determined to ruin your joyride. From the oblivious ones who think turn signals are optional, to the speedsters weaving through traffic like they’re in a Fast and Furious movie. There’s no shortage of infuriating things they do. It’s like they have a secret handbook on how to push our buttons.

You’ve probably dealt with tons of annoying drivers over the years. While the list of annoying drivers could go on, there are eight examples that stand out as the worst of the worst. The next time you find yourself near an annoying driver, take a deep breath, and remember that patience is a virtue.

Is it the person or the car brand?

Does the car’s brand make a driver more annoying? A 2021 survey conducted by Moneybarn in the United Kingdom found that BMW owners were widely regarded as the most disliked drivers on the road, with nearly 40 percent of respondents identifying them as the worst and most prone to causing accidents. Audi came in a distant second at 14 percent.

In the United States, Insurify, a car insurance comparison website, released a report on the Rudest Drivers in 2021. To compile the data, their team analyzed over four million applications, where applicants disclosed their car make and model and any driving violations over the past seven years. The results showed that in 2020, BMW drivers were considered the rudest. In 2021, it was Kia Stinger drivers who took the top spot. Audi A4 Allroad drivers ranked as the second rudest, followed by BMW 4-Series drivers.

Ultimately, it is the driver, not the brand of the car, that determines their behavior on the road. While these findings may suggest certain trends, it would be unfair to make blanket assumptions about all drivers of a particular car brand.

Annoying drivers can really test our patience, but it’s important to stay cool and drive responsibly. Remember, we’re all just trying to get from point A to point B in one piece.

Here are 7 seriously annoying things that other drivers do on the road.

  • The Lane Hogger

    You know the type. They leisurely cruise along in the left lane, seemingly oblivious to the growing line of cars behind them. They show no intention of moving over, despite signs clearly indicating slower traffic should keep right. It’s as if they believe they own that lane and everyone else is just passing through.

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  • The Indecisive Merge Master

    You’re approaching a merging lane, diligently signaling your intention to merge, when suddenly you spot them—the driver who can’t seem to commit to either accelerating to merge or slowing down to let you in. They teeter on the edge of indecision, causing a chaotic dance of hesitant maneuvering that disrupts the flow of traffic.
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  • The Tailgater

    We’ve all encountered the driver who seemingly has a vendetta against personal space. They ride your bumper with an intensity that could rival a race car driver. Whether they’re running late or simply have a persistent need to assert dominance, their tailgating antics create an anxiety-inducing experience.
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  • The Incessant Honker

    Honking is meant to be a communication tool, a gentle reminder to draw attention to potential dangers or to express gratitude. However, a special breed of drivers wield their horns like a weapon of mass annoyance. They honk at the slightest inconvenience, from a fraction-of-a-second delay at a green light to a cautious pedestrian exercising their right of way.
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  • The Distracted Doodler

    We’re all aware of the dangers of distracted driving, yet some individuals choose to engage in activities outside the confines of a moving vehicle. From applying makeup and eating full meals to scrolling through social media or engaging in animated conversations, these drivers treat their cars as mobile living rooms. Their lack of focus puts us all at risk, and we can’t help but wonder if they have forgotten that driving requires undivided attention.
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  • The Fast Lane Snail

    The left lane, aka the fast lane, is meant for, well, going fast. But there’s always that one driver who decides to take a leisurely Sunday drive right there, blocking everyone else behind them. This forces other drivers to undertake risky maneuvers to overtake them, leading to frustration and potentially dangerous situations.
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  • The Traffic Rule Ignorer

    Traffic rules exist for a reason. To maintain order, safety, and efficiency on the roads. However, some drivers seemingly view these rules as mere suggestions. They run red lights, ignore stop signs, and make illegal U-turns with complete disregard for the potential consequences. Their actions create chaos and put everyone around them at risk.
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  • The Turn Signal Skippers

    It’s like these drivers believe that turn signals are optional car accessories. They change lanes or make turns without a single blinker in sight, leaving the rest of us to play mind readers and guess their next move.
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