Reader: Denver's drivers are the worst in the country

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A Comment of the Day post involving our report about the first of two recent fatal crashes involving elderly drivers (this one centering on Ken Hosch, 83), turned the conversation in an interesting direction. Some readers took on texting behind the wheel, while this one ripped Denver drivers in general.

Adam Aedro Drotar writes:

Yes. Especially in Denver. Worst drivers in the country. I'd rather be driving in Florida with all the elderly drivers any day.

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jwallick35
jwallick35

Denver is up there, that's for sure. Way too many idiots texting and driving or sitting in the left lane going at least 10 miles under the posted speed limit.

Patrick O'Reilly
Patrick O'Reilly

Ditto on South Florida, especially Miami (lived there for several years and visit often). Anyone ranking Denver below that (or even as remotely comparable) has no idea what s/he is saying. Miami is the absolute worst, by far. Best: depending on skill level, the smartest drivers I've seen are in Boston, followed by San Diego.

grogan79
grogan79

Front range drivers are pretty bad, a lot of sitting in the left lane.  It's not the worst I've ever experienced though.  I've lived in the mountains for years, drivers here are better but still sit in left lane. 


Joshua Allen Pulliam
Joshua Allen Pulliam

Definitely Florida overall has the worst drivers. Especially in miami, a lot of the drivers dont know how to drive or are use to driving in third world countries, and the majority dont ha e insurance. Meanwhile you have the people who are too busy texting and driving, or whipping their 100,000 dollar cars around in traffic like its a video game.

Oswaldo Salazar
Oswaldo Salazar

Comparing Denver to Florida? I've driven in Miami and it was my worst experience in the US by far!

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Don't be upset that the rednecks are being phased out, Billy Bob.

Cary Ehlers
Cary Ehlers

My mom thinks so and well honestly they have gotten worse.

Raziel Talos
Raziel Talos

Well I've never met so many ppl with DUIs til I moved here so that says something

Philip Fick
Philip Fick

Denver good.......south florida very bad.

Marcia Hunsaker
Marcia Hunsaker

Don't like Colorado please leave. I've lived all over this country and would not say we are the worst. It's the pathetic folks from the other 48 that need to get over themselves. Please buy your pot from the dope man and leave.

Ossama Hussein
Ossama Hussein

because of transplants and people who cant drive in a little bit of snow/rain/slightly windy sunny weather

Desiree Guynn
Desiree Guynn

yes Denver is the worst!!! Iam born and raised in Colorado and just recently moved from Denver to Westminster, I drive I25 everyday and don't know why every slow asshole has to drive in the passing lane"!! Then when you get over to pass them they speed up so you can't!! get over and get off your fucking phone!!!"" Texas is #2 for the worst

Paisley Print
Paisley Print

I've lived and driven in 14 states. Denver drivers (Highland Ranch specifically) are the most *entitled*and worst drivers I've seen. And that's over Miami, Ft. Worth-Dallas, Kansas City, San Bernardino and other large cities. I just try to jump in like I did when I was a kid who didn't know how to swim. I hold my nose and go for it!

Jordan Nicole Montoya
Jordan Nicole Montoya

You don't have to speed from red light to red light, but when people drive 10 mph under the speed limit just because they aren't in a hurry to be somewhere is pretty annoying.

Jordan Nicole Montoya
Jordan Nicole Montoya

I don't know how it is in other states, but it seems like people here definitely have the most difficult time merging.

Jordan Nicole Montoya
Jordan Nicole Montoya

I haven't driven in any other states but I agree about the rudeness. Anytime I honk at someone for cutting me off or almost hitting me while getting over, I get flipped off instead of them acknowledge they made a mistake.

Robin Shaw
Robin Shaw

Watch CDOT videos on I-70 this afternoon when all of those with the "white flu" will be returning to Denver... It will be a treat!

Robin Shaw
Robin Shaw

Apparently, the reader hasn't driven in San Francisco! Those folks are oblivious to anyone else on the road! Wait... How many in Colorado are California transplants?? We may have something here....

Kris Herzberger Potter
Kris Herzberger Potter

I totally disagree. Coming from Florida, Denver drivers are awesome comparatively.

Holly Elkins
Holly Elkins

I would agree with another commenter. South Florida is the worst. Denver is not bad

Kate Meyer
Kate Meyer

Maybe not the worst, but pretty bad. Every day my commute on 70 and 225 is like a demolition derby. And im from NJ!

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

People need to realize not all cities are the same. So what we don't drive with a sense of urgency, Colorado is Colorado. We enjoy life here and I'm not going to kill my breaks speeding to a red light. That's just stupid. And given Texans can't even drive in ice without tons of accidents, kiss my Denver ass and go back to where you came from.

David O'Malley
David O'Malley

I cannot even imagine that is possible, I live in the north suburbs where half the people are from Poland or Mexico.

Justin Kershman
Justin Kershman

But yet its not our town or state that was just in gridlock and towns shut down cuz of ice and snow...it takes some pretty hellashice weather to shut down Denver...somebody dicked the dog on that poll!

Ian Ramler
Ian Ramler

Exactly, if you think Denver drivers are the worst ever, you haven't been anywhere else.

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

I'll be happy if people just figure out what a turn signal is for......

Ben Deco
Ben Deco

He should try driving in Colorado Springs

Beth Bischoff- Taylor
Beth Bischoff- Taylor

There are shitty drivers everywhere. IA and Chicago are worse than I've ever seen in Colorado.

Greg Peeler
Greg Peeler

whomever says that has never been to Washington.

Angela Kane
Angela Kane

Which explains the article - we have a TON of transplants from Texas here :)

Liz Noel
Liz Noel

Dont like it leave.. Traffic is only getting bad Because morom driver's are moving here from other places because the Skiing and the weed and because Colorado is the best.l

L Vincent Miltenberger
L Vincent Miltenberger

They have made it to easy for licenses to be obtained. We have tons of illegals who don't have a license and don't know how to drive. It seems no one pays attention. There is no sense of urgency in Denver drivers. At least you get some of that back east. I have driven all over this country and most people don't know how to drive. You shouldn't have a license until you understand what exactly you are doing. Most people don't.

Anza Goodbar
Anza Goodbar

No..has he tried driving in ATL or in Maul?

Justin Miller
Justin Miller

Every city says the same thing. Get over it.

Tim O'Grady
Tim O'Grady

Most of them relocated from California.

Lindsay Abbott
Lindsay Abbott

Texas is much, much worse. They make Denver drivers look like geniuses.

Matt DeHerrera
Matt DeHerrera

Next time you complain about traffic, just remember; you ARE traffic.

Melissa Rabe
Melissa Rabe

Left lane driving. There are even signs. I dont think it's just Denver though. Anyone driven in Atlanta?

Jeff McCutcheon
Jeff McCutcheon

After what we saw in Atlanta this week it's dumb to say is anywhere near the top.

Mica Haesecke
Mica Haesecke

No way...maybe the people not from around here but not us Natives....

Ronnie Jiegert
Ronnie Jiegert

I've been run off the road on S Broadway, that was a fun day.

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