Survey finds which states lead the country for road rage incidents

Updated Sep 19, 2023
Green highway sign that says 'Beware Road Rage Next Exit'

Just a quick heads-up: be extra careful driving through Arizona.

A new study found it leads the U.S. with the most confrontational drivers. In fact, Arizona had a perfect score based on the methodology used by Forbes Advisor when it questioned 10,000 licensed drivers to get a handle on the growing problem of road rage.

Based on nine key metrics, Forbes Advisor found, among other things:

  • Arizona tops the list of states with the worst road rage
  • Delaware is home to the most polite drivers in the nation
  • Five of the top 10 states with the most confrontational drivers are in the South, including West Virginia, Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Texas
  • Four of the top 10 states with the most polite drivers are in the Pacific and West, including Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, and New Mexico
  • Drivers reported experiencing road rage most frequently on city streets (29.18%), on freeways or highways (26.59%), and in parking lots (14.9%)

The top 10 states with the most confrontational drivers include:

  1. Arizona
  2. Rhode Island
  3. West Virginia
  4. Virginia
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Alabama
  7. Connecticut
  8. Illinois
  9. Texas
  10. Ohio

Forbes Advisor also found out why people are feeling overly stressed on the highway. The leading cause was heavy traffic (39.35%) Then came already feeling stressed (38.06%), running late (33.89%), already feeling angry (32.49%), and feeling tired (26.86%).

See more details of the Forbes Advisor survey.

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