Photos: Top ten cars whose drivers can be jerks on icy roads

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Big photos below.
Last year, we shared our list of the ten scariest out-of-state license plates to see in a storm. But plates aren't the only warnings of roadway dangers when the conditions are snowy, icy or, in the case of this morning, seemingly fine for the most part, but deceptively slick in spots. Over the years, I've noticed that terrible drivers tend to gravitate to certain kinds of cars. Of course, that doesn't mean every person who owns one of the rides listed here is dangerous -- but I definitely watch out for the following makes and models. Here's my very subjective top ten.

Number 10: Yukon Denali

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In my experience, the jerkiness of Yukon Denali drivers hasn't always been conscious. Rather, distraction is more often the issue. Imagine a harried mom so busy trying to hand juice boxes over the seat to a gaggle of kids that she's hardly watching the road. Then imagine she's behind the wheel of a vehicle the size of a small building and the asphalt seems to have been greased. Now you've got the idea....

Number 9: Ford Ranger

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When the weather turns bad, too many Ranger owners take advantage of the opportunity to blow past smaller, slower cars. Problem is, the lack of weight over the rear axle when the truck bed is empty makes them (and lots of other passenger trucks) prone to fishtailing and spinning -- which is what happened to me on a snowy New Year's Eve a while back, when a Ranger did a 180 directly in front of me on 6th Avenue. Additional factor: The driver may have been getting a hand job at the time.

Continue to keep counting down our list of the top ten cars whose drivers can be jerks on icy roads.


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Josh Wise
Josh Wise

Subaru needs to be on this list, also seeing someone with a native sticker... Those guys wouldn't survive a snowstorm in a Midwest

Jónatas Roze
Jónatas Roze

And wouldn't you know it...70% of those cars are driven by assholes regardless of the season.

Linda Rains
Linda Rains

Corvettes are rear-wheel drive. They, like Mustangs, should't even be out in ice or snow. Let alone driving jerky.

Amelia Ebert
Amelia Ebert

Every time I see a car in a ditch its a subi. I saw one last month nearly in Lake Dillon.

Angela Marie
Angela Marie

You totally forgot Subaru's -worst drivers all year round lol

Darla Nelson Greenwaldt
Darla Nelson Greenwaldt

Hummer H5 does not exist - it's either H1, H2 or H3. How is a Jeep or Ford Truck not on this list?

Robin Shaw
Robin Shaw

Any rear wheel drive car!!! They have no place in the snow.... But yet here they are (ie Corvette)

Damon Medina
Damon Medina

Toyota prius or any hy-brid car for that matter.

Damon Medina
Damon Medina

Anybody with respect life license plates.

Becca Doyle
Becca Doyle

Ford F250, HANDS DOWN. And they're always white. White trucks are notoriously driven by assholes.

Becca Doyle
Becca Doyle

^Yeah, no.Some of us just like to have cars that function because we don't need to prove anything by having an overpriced ugly car.

Nick Browning
Nick Browning

How about ANYTHING with Texas/California license plates?!?!?

LoydScott Wormell
LoydScott Wormell

Don't agree. I think the person who wrote this is just an idiot who doesn't know how to drive in the snow in his Subaru

Nicholas Medina
Nicholas Medina

Any lifted F-250/Silverado/Ram 3500, these tend to be driven by jerks in any weather and in snow and ice they're even worse...

Tracy Laswell
Tracy Laswell

Disagree. My Mini Cooper S is a pain to drive in ice and snow, so I avoid it when I can. I don't think drivers of itty bitty sports cars are looking to lose contact with the pavement in a highway full of monster trucks. Look in the ditch to find those who drive poorly in bad conditions, it's usually an inverted SUV of some kind.

Lesa Theaman
Lesa Theaman

Corvette should have been no.1 and rav 4 2

Nicholas C. Naranjo
Nicholas C. Naranjo

They were talking about the people that drive badly are gravitated towards certain cars. Didn't say anything bad about the cars. I'd say most and if not all people that own a 4wd drive like idiots in bad road conditions. Just because it's 4wd doesn't mean it's better in slick conditions.

Jess Boggs
Jess Boggs

Assholes in white trucks!!!! Any make any model.

Quality Mitsubishi
Quality Mitsubishi

So the 'Let us help you be the biggest jerk on the road according to Denver Westword!' isn't an effective sales tactic? It was a self-deprecating joke showing that we can take criticism with a sense of humor. :)

Derek Donnell
Derek Donnell

Jeep Grand Cherokee and Audi drivers are the worst, everyone knows that

Tami Gibson
Tami Gibson

I will tell you SLOW cars.. Subarus, Volvos and Jeep Wranglers!

James Dean Estelle
James Dean Estelle

Hands down, the vehicle I see passing me like maniacs and ending up in the ditch the most are Jeep Grand Cherokees! Fun SUVs for sure, but it seems like the drivers are unaware that the road is covered in ice when they pass me doing 10 over in a blizzard. I guess it's a Jeep thing; I wouldn't understand.

Matt Pyles
Matt Pyles

I see exactly what you're sayin! Lexus drivers especially. Hell, most are jerks in good weather, what would one expect in snow!

Nicholas C. Naranjo
Nicholas C. Naranjo

Lmao douche attempt at trying to sell cars. Than again all sales people are douches.

Kristen Louise
Kristen Louise

Jennifer Tindall So are you saying lesbians are bad drivers !?!?

Jennifer Tindall
Jennifer Tindall

Subaru should be your #1. They suck in all weather. Referring to their drivers of course.

aliceanyone
aliceanyone

Any pickup truck.  Veering across lanes, running red lights, utterly oblivious to other traffic.

Victoria Dyksterhuis Folkerts
Victoria Dyksterhuis Folkerts

I drive a LOT and what I see are 1. folks in 4 wheel crew cab pick ups sailing past and a few miles down the road, in the ditch. 2. Semis- the worst sail by taking some of your lane forcing you to the shoulder and often, yes, I see then jack-knifed in the median. Mostly I believe it s folks who drive too aggressively ALL the time and do not take the conditions into account. The worst thing is they endanger the rest of us! I drive a 2007 Mazda CX 7 and it does very well in adverse conditions.

mjmiller613
mjmiller613

Aside from getting rid of my Hummer H3 because of the lousy gas mileage, and "stigma", that thing was the most solid vehicle I have ever driven or seen perform in the snow. Probably something to do with full time 4WD, and weighing 12,000 pounds.

virgildunn1
virgildunn1

How abut ANY self-entitled, self-absorbed native who somehow declares him/herself as "invincible" to the perils of inclement weather and, therefore, find themselves upside down in a ditch?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

BMWs nearly made our list, too. Thanks for the post, Lesa.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Good point, Nicholas. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Wow: Hadn't considered the color of the vehicle. That's definitely food for thought, Jess. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Lots of readers agree with you about Jeeps, Derek. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for weighing in, James. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Funny post, Matt. Thanks.

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