Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-23-2006, 06:26 PM   #1
1983 Sovereign 31'
Mac1's Avatar
1984 31' Sovereign
Mount Olive , North Carolina
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 286
Images: 4
Where are the worst drivers in the US?

This has had to have been discussed somewhere.... With all the miles that the forum participants have traveled in the US where are the areas to avoid?

This summer, my first experience towing my Sovereign, I thought the worst drivers were in Tampa. Between the senior citizens - (couldn't tell if there was a driver behind the wheel or if someone had just kicked the vehicle into gear and let it go on idle) and the youngsters darting in and out of traffic talking on their cell phones as if they were the only ones on the road and you could stop on a dime to accomodate them.

Massachusetts to Maine was a close second and I won't go on I-95 unless it is absolutely necessary, I call it the gauntlett. A couple of years ago Buckeye and I were lucky to surivve being rear-ended in a 10 car pile up as we were about 80 mile from reaching home (both of us had multiple scratches and cuts from shattered glass).

What are the worst areas you have encountered and you would avoid if at all possible?


Mac and Linda Cassell
WBCCI # 3292 AIR#16287
Buckeye (Chesapeake Bay Retreiver)
1983 31' Sovereign (Carmen O)
2006 2500HD Duramax SLT CC 4x4 (Brutus B)
Mount Olive, NC 28365
"Pickle Capital of the World"
Mac1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
More than one rivet loose
thecatsandi's Avatar

Currently Looking...
Los Alamos , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,756
Anywhere near a large city.

Michelle TAC MT-0
Sarah, Snowball

Looking for a 1962 Flying Cloud

thecatsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 06:31 PM   #3
Well Preserved
overlander63's Avatar

1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,654
My "top ten" in no particular order:
New York City area
San Francisco
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 06:34 PM   #4
Rivet Master
Bob Thompson's Avatar
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 936
Images: 67
My Top 5 for rude and dangerous are:
El Paso
Corpus Christi
So Long!
Bob Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 06:37 PM   #5
Round on both ends
SafeHarbor's Avatar
1979 31' Excella 500
1975 28' Argosy 28
Rutledge , Georgia
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 783
Images: 39
Boston and Atlanta.

1975 Argosy 28 "Argosy"
1979 Excella 500 31 "Betsy"
1992 Lincoln Mk 7 LSC
2003 Dodge 2500 Cummins "TowHog"
"Lucy Loosehair" the cat - Airstream mascot
Klaatu barada nikto
SafeHarbor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 07:31 PM   #6
Rivet Master
clancy_boy's Avatar
2003 22' International CCD
Kiln , Mississippi
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,779
Images: 8
MS State Hwy 43 - between Kiln and Picayune MS. LOTS AND LOTS of out of state folks living here while they rebuild New Orleans and they drive FAST. Been 7 killed in the last 6 months alone - it makes the morning commute seem like a real NASCAR race, except with the addition of logging trucks and dirt haulers to make it more interesting.
Michael & Tina with Layla and Preston BZ
The family has grown.
clancy_boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 07:32 PM   #7
4 Rivet Member
Roscinante's Avatar
2006 19' Safari
Suisun City , California
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 291
Images: 7
Is It ME?

Seems the worst drivers are always right around me.

Coming home with the Bambi today had some idiot pass me on the right (I had pulled into the special passing lane for slow vehicles) because the person in the high speed lane wasn't going fast enough for him. Yes, he DID pass using the shoulder.

Other than that, I would say the worst drivers I ever experienced were in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Jerry and Avis
2006 Safari Bambi 19'
2005 Toyota Tacoma PU

"Mi Casa Es Su Casa!"
WBCCI #6716
AIR #17388
Roscinante is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 07:35 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
Phil Gobie's Avatar
1977 31' Sovereign
Miami , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 279
I live in Miami and I have traveled quite a bit. It is always an eye opener to get back to Miami. It has got to be right up there!
Phil Gobie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 08:16 PM   #9
Rivet Master
2006 30' Classic
Farmington , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 822
Images: 14
My top 5 citys with worst drivers
{1} farmington, nm
{2}farmington, nm
{3} farmington, nm
{4} farmingtom, nm
{5} farmington, nm pieman
Mike Lewis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 08:23 PM   #10
Rivet Master
2007 25' Safari FB SE
Suburbia , Sunny So Cal
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,761
Overseas: Paris
Here: Wherever I am.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

AIR# 13896
CA 4
Goin camping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 08:30 PM   #11
Rivet Master
Sugarfoot's Avatar
1960 24' Tradewind
1956 30' Sovereign of the Road
1963 16' Bambi
Southeastern Area , Tennessee
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,115
I've got to agree with Miami. It's one thing I don't miss about South Florida, the I-95 corridor between West Palm and Miami.
Traveling With Elvis
life with a 1956 Sovereign of the Road

• • • Aluminocentricity • • •
Sugarfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 08:36 PM   #12
Rivet Master
str8strm's Avatar
1985 34.5' Airstream 345
Tujunga , California
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,969
Images: 6
I've lived my whole life in Los Angeles, so I'm used to FAST. I like FAST. Most folks here won't use their turn signal when lane changing because that's giving an unfair advantage to the competition. I can live with that. What I can't stand is SLOW. And let me tell you, Colorado is SLOOOOW. 35 on the highway? Give me a break. Pass that guy only to find out that the car 500 yards ahead of him is going...........35. Longest day of my life. But beautiful!
Ron and Debbie Lawrence
1985 345 Motorhome...... delightfully tacky......yet unrefined
AIR 7992
str8strm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 08:44 PM   #13
4 Rivet Member
ljmiii's Avatar
2006 16' International CCD
New York , New York
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 268
Where are the worst drivers in the US?

Really, anywhere that people are not used to the local 'rules of the road'.

New York drivers are horrible on the New Jersey 'freeways'. But on the streets of Manhattan there is no one more dangerous than a New Jersey driver - they seem to wander aimlesslessly until they find an 'open spot' (ie one with a pedestrian in it).

Boston is very stressful - until you realize that the the Mass rule is 'you are only responsible for what you can see without mirrors' (ie anticipate that people will cut you off...but also feel free to cut off other people because it is the only way you can make your way through traffic).

Pittsburgh also has it's own unique 'rule of the road' - when a traffic light turns green, one car gets to make a left turn before approaching traffic clogs up the lanes. There isn't an arrow or delayed green or anything, one car just makes the left turn in front of traffic and everyone is supposed to know they shouldn't hit it.

Philadelphia has a wonderful thing called the Schuylkill Expressway - an elevated highway through the city with very steep entrance ramps and no merge lanes. So the 'rule of the road' is floor it at the bottom of the ramp and assume a space will become available at the top. Woe to the driver who actually stops at the top - they won't merge until after the evening rush.

Hawaii on the other hand has the opposite problem - expressway drivers who are excessively polite. It sounds impossible until (and I kid you not) the third time in a day you are motoring down the H-1 and the person ahead of you hits the brakes to slow down to 40 MPH...because someone is coming up the entrance ramp.

All that said...the worst place in the US to drive is LA. More specifically, the I-10. Most specifically, where the I-10 hits the 405. On an otherwise inconsequential weekday night at 3:00 in the morning I have been stuck in miles long traffic jams. And this is considered 'normal' to those who live there.
ljmiii is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2006, 09:21 PM   #14
3 Rivet Member
Currently Looking...
2005 22' Interstate
Afton , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 226
Northern Virginia and the DC beltway gets my vote.
1. Rush hour can be any time of the day.
2. Red traffic signals are interpreted as allowing just one more car through after it turns.
3. Most left hand turns are made from the right hand lane across traffic.

herrgirdner is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Drivers A/C Heater Question AccessMaster Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 11 08-30-2009 06:28 PM
Drivers slider window. Inland RV Center, In Commercial Listings 0 10-18-2005 04:09 PM
Worst case without weight distribution Tin Hut Off Topic Forum 7 01-13-2004 02:29 AM
Eat your hearts out up north Pahaska Our Community 53 06-25-2003 09:17 AM
proper rivet gun for AS oldvws Ribs, Skins & Rivets 12 11-23-2002 09:04 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.