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A well-maintained car is safe, but what about your driving habits? Do you ever feel that you’re the only good driver out there? It’s a common enough belief.
People have theories about what parts of the country have the worst drivers, but there’s not much data behind that. Until now. Want to know which cities are home to automotive incompetence? How about the car brands most associated with poor driving skills? Read on to see if your car or region made the list!
People’s complaints about bad drivers are there for all to see, thanks to social media. The Clunker Junker used artificial intelligence to analyze over 250,000 driving-related tweets.
The study involved finding tweets containing the word “drivers” followed by each state’s name, the top 100 cities in the U.S. by population and the leading car manufacturers. Each tweet was analyzed with an AI algorithm to rank states, cities and car brands based on the percentage of negative driving-related messages for each category.
The states with the worst drivers
The condition of the road affects how we drive, and according to data from the Federal Highway Administration, Rhode Island has the worst roads.
Traffic congestion also contributes to a driver’s perception of another driver’s skills behind the wheel. Fast-growing populations mean more traffic and a darker view of other drivers. Five of the 10 states with the highest percentage of negative driver tweets are among the fastest-growing states.
Here are the top 10 states with the worst drivers according to negative driving-related tweets:
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- New Mexico
The cities with the worst driver attitudes
Cities in the Sun Belt states also top the list of the worst drivers as perceived by others. Drivers stuck in traffic have a shorter fuse and tolerance for others, and they make this known via social media.
This anger can lead to violence, so be careful when dealing with congested roads. Being called out on social media may be the least of your worries.
Here are the top 10 cities with the worst driver attitudes according to negative driving-related tweets:
- Tucson, Arizona
- Glendale, Arizona
- Houston, Texas
- Miami, Florida
- San Antonio, Texas
- El Paso, Texas
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dallas, Texas
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Charlotte, North Carolina
Car brands with the worst reputation
Automakers study the market to find the audience they can appeal to most. You’ll see this reflected in their advertisements, from a group of young people cruising to the beach to a well-dressed older couple driving to a fancy party.
While your choice of car can help you express yourself, others may not look at it so fondly. Some car brands are branded (pardon the pun) as attracting more inept and careless drivers than others.
Here are the top 10 car brands found in negative driving-related tweets:
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