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A Quick Guide To Where Drivers Come From

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People from different places often have different driving styles, but have you ever looked at someone driving strangely and wondered where they might come from?

Here are some simple guidelines for helping you determine where a driver comes from.

We can’t guarantee the answer is correct in every case, but chances are it could be:

  • One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: CHICAGO
  • One hand on wheel, one finger out window: NEW YORK
  • One hand on wheel, one finger out window, cutting across all lanes of traffic: NEW JERSEY
  • One hand on wheel, one hand on newspaper, foot solidly on accelerator: BOSTON
  • One hand on wheel, one hand on nonfat double decaf cappuccino, cradling cell phone, brick on accelerator, gun in lap: LOS ANGELES
  • Both hands on wheel, eyes shut, both feet on brake, quivering in terror: Ohio, but driving in CALIFORNIA
  • Both hands in air, gesturing, both feet on accelerator, head turned to talk to someone in back seat: ITALY
  • One hand on a 12 oz. double shot latte, one knee on the wheel, cradling cell phone, foot on brake, mind on radio game, banging head on steering wheel while stuck in traffic: SEATTLE
  • One hand on wheel, one hand on hunting rifle, alternating between both feet being on the accelerator and both feet on brake, throwing McDonald’s bag out the window: TEXAS
  • Four-wheel drive pick-up truck, shotgun mounted in rear window, beer cans on floor, squirrel tails attached to antenna: ALABAMA
  • Two hands gripping wheel, blue hair barely visible above windshield, driving 35 on the Interstate in the left lane with the left blinker on: FLORIDA

Do you have any others you think we ought to add to the list? If so, please leave us a comment.

I think one of the worst cases I have seen was in evening rush hour traffic in South Bend, Indiana. This woman pulled up alongside me, steering with her knees, a fork in one hand and a plate of food in the other hand. Bearing in mind this was rush hour on Main Street with stop lights every block, pretty dangerous.

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