Utah makes top 10 list for nation’s rudest drivers

Posted at 10:02 PM, Sep 16, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah drivers have made a national top 10 list for all the wrong reasons.

Out of 2,000 drivers surveyed during an poll, Utah ranked number 10 in the country for rudest drivers. Neighboring states, Nevada and Wyoming, also made the top 10, while Idaho claimed the number one spot, when it comes to rudeness behind the wheel.

Utah Highway Patrol officials say being rude on the road can often lead to citations.

“Usually if you are being a rude driver, a quote on quote rude driver, there is usually a law broken somewhere in there,” said Sgt. Todd Royce with UHP.

According the UHP there are three main rude driving mistakes that often lead to citations.

“Following too close, a lot of people get annoyed when people get too close to them,” Royce said.

“The improper lane changes, the failure to signal, a lot of people get annoyed by that,” Royce said.

“Cutting people off, we’re always looking for those violations, which not only is a moving violation but is also rude,” Royce said.

Other common rude and often illegal mistakes are not stopping at crosswalks for pedestrians and speeding through an intersection while the light is turning red.

UHP says all of these acts of rudeness can easily be avoided.

“We need to leave a little bit earlier, we need to be patient and we need to be courteous out there,” Royce said.