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All of us have probably experienced the wrath of rude drivers. Forget probably. In Charlotte, definitely! Of course, rude drivers are much more prevalent in some cities than others. But you might be surprised by which ones.

According to USA Today, a new report by reveals the cities with the rudest drivers. The company’s study defines rude drivers as having committed one or more of the following violations:

    • Failure to yield
    • Failure to stop
    • Improper backing
    • Passing where prohibited
    • Tailgating
    • Street racing
    • Hit-and-run

No, New York City does not top the rudeness ranking. Based on the criteria, Rancho Cordova, California is the city with the rudest drivers, with 65.37 of these violations per 1,000 drivers. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Somerset, Kentucky is the city with the most polite drivers, with only 1.62 of these violations per 1,000 drivers.

So what are the cities with the rudest drivers in the Carolinas? In North Carolina, it’s not Charlotte. It’s actually Asheville, with 26.94 per 1,000 drivers cited for rude behavior. That’s 30% higher than the state average. I thought everyone in Asheville was kind of mellow. Guess not.

As for South Carolina, the dubious distinction goes, ironically, to Mount Pleasant, where 31.55 per 1,000 drivers were cited for rudeness behind the wheel. Mount Pleasant is 46% ruder than the state average. Not so pleasant after all. Here’s where America’s rudest and most polite drivers live:

Cities with The Rudest Drivers

  1. Rancho Cordova, California: 65.37 per 1,000.
  2. Citrus Heights, California: 64.14 per 1,000.
  3. Ventura, California: 64.03 per 1,000.
  4. Hampton, Georgia: 62.35 per 1,000.
  5. Petersburg, Virginia: 53.36 per 1,000.

Cities With The Most Polite Drivers

  1. Somerset, Kentucky: 1.62 per 1,000.
  2. Corbin, Kentucky: 1.86 per 1,000.
  3. Rio Rancho, New Mexico: 3.8 per 1,000.
  4. Metairie, Louisiana: 17.94 per 1,000.
  5. Southaven, Mississippi: 19.3 per 1,000.