Wisconsin Drivers Are Among Rudest In The Nation

A new survey shows Wisconsin drivers are among the rudest in the nation. The survey was done as part of a summer driving awareness campaign by the non-profit Kars4Kids to promote courteous driving.

Fox 25/48's Brooke Schweiters spoke with drivers from the area about their take on the survey results. The survey, which was put on by Kars4Kids ranked Wisconsin drivers as the 5th least courteous in the nation.

I took to the streets Sunday to see if drivers in Eau Claire agree.

"I would have to say the exact opposite. California, I think, has pretty rude drivers cause they're in traffic all the time. It seems like they're just fed up with everything and out here I feel like people are pretty laid back about their driving."

Drivers were asked questions about how often they signal and if they would let someone merge into their lane.

Many Wisconsinites openly admitted to stealing someone's parking space, something out of staters, Greg and Tom Mathys of Ohio, haven't seen.

"I don't know about that but I'd think that Ohio probably has ruder drivers than Wisconsin. We've been passing through Wisconsin here for the past couple days and we've been encountering some pretty nice people."

For some others, like Eau Claire native, Gay Wilcox, they see some truth in the survey.

"I think one of the biggest reasons is people just don't have enough patience. Everyone's in a hurry to get from point A to point B and they just don't slow down and don't want to be courteous to other people."

But for local driver Ronald Mastin and his wife, patient driving is the only way.

"When I am driving a '65 Studebaker I have to be a patient driver. I restored and I painted it myself and I just enjoy it, my wife and I both enjoy traveling in an old car."

And although Minnesota ranked number 23 on the list, drivers from the Land of 10,000 Lakes may have been mentioned.

"I look at Wisconsin drivers probably better than Minnesota drivers. There's definitely a lot more people that blow their horns there is than here in Wisconsin."

"People run more red lights, they're rude, they cut you off, rush hour traffic can be quite a headache."

Although the reviews were mixed with most drivers I spoke with today about Wisconsin’s driving courtesy ranking, the consensus was that drivers are more rude than they used to be.

Brooke Schweiters, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.

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