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Floridians complain about bad drivers more than any other state, study says

The study looked at Twitter data over a month-long period.
Traffic moves along Kennedy Blvd crossing Ashley Drive in Tampa. Times | 2014
Traffic moves along Kennedy Blvd crossing Ashley Drive in Tampa. Times | 2014
Published Aug. 20, 2019

Ask almost any Floridian and they’ll tell you: Drivers in Florida are the worst.

Whether it’s because of the heat or abundance of out-of-towners constantly on the roads, Floridians are notorious for being angry drivers. A newly released study shows that anger correlates directly to the number of angry tweets about driving we send out.

The insurance site ranked Florida as the “official home of the horrible driver,” using over 10,000 geo-tagged tweets from July to reach their conclusion.

Florida has the most angry tweets about driving, study shows. [] []

The map based on the data showed that a majority of the angry tweets came from states east of the Mississippi River.

After Florida, the worst drivers — or at least, the states who complain on Twitter the most — were Virginia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia and Minnesota.

Perhaps related to the angry tweets, Florida has the most car accidents annually, followed by Tennessee and New Mexico.

In the past 24 hours alone there were over a hundred tweets about Florida drivers. Here’s a small taste of those that were PG:


  1. Workers are seen at West Platt Street and South Dakota Avenue along the railroad tracks in Tampa Thursday. This week, CSX Transportation has been working on railroad crossings in South Tampa, frustrating local drivers. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  2. The antebellum mansions of Charleston's East Battery are a highlight of the city's historic district. SUSAN C. HEGGER  |  St. Louis Post Dispatch (2004) [SUSAN C. HEGGER  |  KRT]
  3. Road closure and detour signs posted on S Howard Avenue at W De Leon Street, one of many South Tampa rail road crossings city officials said CSX Transportation closed without warning on Wednesday to perform routine maintenance. [Courtesy of Mary Estes]
  4. Tampa Park Apartments is on property between downtown and Ybor City, at East Scott Street and Nuccio Parkway. [Times (2018)]
  5. A newly signed Florida law states that homeowners associations cannot ban marked police vehicles from parking in neighborhoods.
  6. The Old Coachman Road and NE Coachman Road intersection will be widened to accommodate traffic and ease congestion by this June. [Google Maps]
  7. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  8. A wrong-way driver headed south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Pasco County caused a crash that resulted in the death of a 45-year-old motorcyclist, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.  Over a three-year period ending in 2018, the county averaged 97 traffic fatalities annually. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  9. Luis Espel, 22, uses the Cass Street bike lane to commute to work in Tampa. Times (2019)
  10. Hillsborough County Commission chair Les Miller. [Tampa Bay Times]
  11. FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo Southwest pilots prepare for a flight at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File) [MIKE STEWART  |  AP]
  12. Tampa International Airport, [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times (2017)]