14 Reasons St. Louis Drivers are the Absolute Worst

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Jon Gitchoff
Jeez, use your turn signal, asshole.

A few weeks ago, a survey declared that St. Louis has the third most courteous drivers in the U.S. It seems that most people agree with that assessment, at least according to the comments under the post we wrote about it. But others pointed out that "most courteous" is not the same as saying St. Louis has the "best" drivers.

Daily RFT couldn't agree more with that last part because let's be real: St. Louis drivers are (often but not always) the absolute WORST. Here's why.

See also: St. Louis Has the 3rd Most Courteous Drivers in U.S.: Study

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kariatx via morgueFile

Is that a four-way stop? Let's all stop and wave each other through as time and space grind to a halt.

Is it raining? I'ma knock 20 mph off whatever the speed limit is and do that.

Is it snowing? I'ma add 20 mph to whatever the speed limit is and do that.

Is there a directional arrow painted in the aisle of that Schnucks parking lot? I'ma drive down that shit the wrong way.

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QuickMeme.com

Say, what's the speed limit in this parking lot? 50? It's 50, right? Look, I'll just do 50 to be safe.

Last one to that red light is a dickfondler. LET'S GO!

What's the first thing we do when we get to the stop light? That's right, dump all the trash out of the car.

When I'm hurtling through the streets at 40 miles an hour, the thing the requires my immediate and undivided attention is sending and receiving texts.


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Deb Woods
Deb Woods

Robert Becker - you have an astute I observation to which I say they do that because they can't drive and the left lane makes them feel safe. LoL

mowampa
mowampa

Haha, I watched that car get flipped and destroyed by a group of teens two years ago at Mardi Gras. Happened behind Itap.

apashea73
apashea73

Southern Illinois drivers are the worst I've ever seen. St. Louisians think it's because they don't know where they are going in Missouri, but they drive just as poorly on the ill side.

Michael L Bates
Michael L Bates

I drove through the Dallas/Fort Worth area years ago...they had an area called the "mix master".......One time through and you know why they called it that.

Michael L Bates
Michael L Bates

I've driven in most states and a number of cities the size of St. Louis and bigger.....St. Louis is definitely not the worst or near it.

Brian Bacchus
Brian Bacchus

I could go on and on by the way, though I've never been to the Far East. I've read about traffic jams in Shanghai that lasts for DAYS. Latin America is generally just playing "quien mas macho?" while driving, so aggressive but not psychotic like the Italians and the Greeks.

Brian Bacchus
Brian Bacchus

This article is pure nonsense. St. Louis drivers are below average at best when it comes to psychosis. Their only remarkable feature is being the only city I've seen that so consistently drives at or below the speed limit (even on sunny dry days). Americans in general think their city has the worst drivers but they can't hold a candle to the worst. In Naples I saw people do things with cars that I've only seen replicated in Grand Theft Auto. Brits are actually incredibly good drivers (that extremely long licensing process must be helpful), so good and confident that they don't even bother slowing down when they come straight at you at full speed on a road that is only wide enough to accommodate both of your cars and about 4 inches to spare. Germans are also incredibly good, and so courteous that while on the autobahn if your donkey ass is in the fast lane and they want to pass they just turn on their left blinker to politely ask you to move the fuck over instead of flashing their brights. I tried this in STL, it doesn't work here. Saudis will pass you at full speed with any space they can find. This includes both shoulders and empty desert next to the road if needs be. Ever seen a Mercedes E class doing 90 miles an hour down the median of a STL highway?!? Even after all of this "research" the worst drivers I've ever experienced far and away were in Athens. Traffic jam? Everyone lays on their horn. In ONE DAY of driving in Athens I was rear-ended at a red light that had been red for a solid minute, then later stuck in a roundabout and stopped (traffic jam) I was hit on the side of the car. When I dropped off the rental car the clerk said not to worry about filling out anything or about the damages. "This happens all the time," he said.

Jesse Mitchell
Jesse Mitchell

You have obviously never driven in NYC or Long Island

Robert Kaltenbach
Robert Kaltenbach

A week ago you posted an article about people that are from out of town and the things that bother "you" most about them- somewhere snuggled in the middle was how St. Louis drivers weren't bad drivers and all the out-of-towners were the real reason for the shitty driving in St. Louis. Seven days later you post this article. Are you even trying anymore? This used to be a great source for local information and now it's just like every other click whoring list site looking for ad revenue. Time for a new tactic.

Laura Foerster
Laura Foerster

I learned to drive in Florida - if you can drive in Florida, and emerge unscathed, you can drive anywhere! I've driven in Detroit, Chicago and DC. The drivers in STL drive me nuts! Drivers putz in all lanes. . . .the right lane is to putz in people! No one drives a consistent speed here, and no one understands the concept of seeing a signal, and letting the person over (as is done in Chicago!). And if the weather changes. . . . ..no, you don't do 90 on I64/70/55 with three inches of snow on the ground. Nor do you do 20. Turn signals are meant to be used for changing lanes, turning corners. Never brake on an interstate - rather, anticipate and slow down! Don't get me going on the crotch rockets zipping in and out on the PSB. . .

Amy Schmidt
Amy Schmidt

50 is a nice round number...not too fast not to slow....

Edward Whittaker
Edward Whittaker

I just spent a week in Florida and I would have to say they by far take that title.

Christopher Hutchcraft
Christopher Hutchcraft

Let's just be honest, humans shouldn't be allowed to drive. Every one thinks that they are the best drivers when actually everyone is terrible at it. I live in South Carolina...let's all stop dead in the right lane while everyone else is going 55 and then make a left turn across 4 lanes of traffic! There's an idea....SMH.

krurack
krurack

I have lived in Texas. Bad, bad, bad drivers and the road system is nuts too. Now, I am in the L.A. area. Driving here is nuts! I actually miss St. Louis drivers. And for all of you that think rain causes everyone to slow down in St. Louis, you really have not been to Texas or California where it doesn't rain very often. It is mayhem!

Emmett Andrews
Emmett Andrews

I'd love to know how the RFT has managed to employ the most talentless, Buzzfeed wannabe writers they could find. Terrible.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

I lived in como for 2 years straight. Native columbians are worse and the students are even worse

Andrew Cardwell
Andrew Cardwell

Bullshit im in the memphis area......they are fucking horrible...

Singstoo
Singstoo

Craziest drivers in the world: LOS ANGELES!

Richard Escoffier
Richard Escoffier

St Louis courtesy is more out of guilt for being such idiots, Florida is my candidate for worst, it's where the worst drivers from around the country go to retire/die. Route 19 is strewn with headlight, taillight and cosmetic chrome from one end to the other. Old duffers blind and with no reflexes dominate.

Irene Brooks
Irene Brooks

I have lived in many cities across the US, and San Diego has the absolute worst drivers ever. If you want to feel like you might die every time you get on the road move there.

Michael Malin Jr.
Michael Malin Jr.

Apparently whoever wrote this has never driven in Chicago...

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

Obviously RFT has never driven in the Hampton Roads Region of Virginia. Where every day is like NASCAR, and any type of weather just increases the speed. Where Stop light camera's are put in place because of the amount of deaths caused by people running red lights and hitting pedestrians. Where a Latin women almost removed herself from the gene pool by texting and driving on I-64 and changing lanes while passing under a tractor trailer. I think the RFT needs to get out more

Evelyn Johnson
Evelyn Johnson

It's not just St.Louis, I've been all over the U.S. and I would say Chicago is terrible. My opinion of course!

James Madison
James Madison

the problem with STL drivers is that STL drivers teach them to drive.

Wendy Wieland Martin
Wendy Wieland Martin

The only thing drivers DO here is pull over for emergency vehicles (sirens). California? Forget it. They can get in line like everyone else.

Karen Burjeck
Karen Burjeck

You left off doing 50 in the fast lane on 270 Haven't lived in stl for 7 years and hate when I have to drive there now!

A Robert Jacques
A Robert Jacques

They've also all had their horns wired to their brake pedals so you know how offended they are by the minor inconvenience of having to slow down when they're driving too goddamn fast.

George Culp
George Culp

Think the drivers are bad almost EVERY taxi driver in STL drive like they are on a suicide bombing mission.

Chris Davis
Chris Davis

I totally pass people in the turn lane. I don't have time to drive ten under when there's an empty lane right there. Otherwise though, yeah, most people don't understand basic driving. Someone mentioned Chicago, and I disagree. I love driving in Chicago. Everyone goes!

Patti Woodard
Patti Woodard

Very cautious to drivers on the interstate because they drive crazy in every city. Been down town in St. Louis many times though to which several drivers were kind enough to let me in/out of traffic or parking. For the most part on the interstate it's normally just a few crazies on the roads.

Chris Brewer
Chris Brewer

So the 3rd most courteous means the worst? And then there's the whole skew of being one of the most dangerous cities in the world? I get it that a big part of St. Louis culture is keeping a closed mind but with the regressive shit that comes out of peoples' mouths, I'm starting to think they put something in the water here.

cbolesta
cbolesta

As noted earlier on the thread, your cover photo is of a car that was flipped over by obnoxious revelers at Mardi Gras in 2013. In fact, in your 2013 Mardi Gras slideshow you also posted a picture of the same car being jumped and danced on. Do your research.


Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson

Why is it that everything posted by RFT today is about why St Louis is bad at something or why we suck? Aren't u supposed to be supporting the city and not putting it down?

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

IL has terrible drivers too. People make left hand turns from a right lane. Using a lane to no where as a passing lane. I've looked into this and there's not enough taught in Driver's Ed. If you get good grades a student doesn't even have to take the driving portion to get a license!

sharkwithknees77
sharkwithknees77

"10 feet of stopping distance for every mile per hour?" So if I'm driving 60 mph I need 600 feet of stopping distance? I don't think this is accurate. Unless maybe I'm captaining an aircraft carrier.

sharkwithknees77
sharkwithknees77

"10ft per mile an hour for stopping distance?" So if I'm driving 60mph, I need 600ft of stopping distance? I don't think that's accurate unless I'm captaining an aircraft carrier.

jazzackfl
jazzackfl

Some of these are just generalities. Some of these are for sure Saint Louis drivers. Sorry but Im gonna slow it down on barely paved/snowed on/slush filled streets. 

David Langford
David Langford

No I live in Illinois and married somebody from Missouri. I have never ever ever caused an accident. The people i married who were from Missouri on the other hand totaled out more then one car. The wreck that came close to crippling me ( drunk welfare momma doing 75 no insurance but a Missouri drivers license slammed into me while I was at a red light.) happened in Missouri. Missouri drivers suck. You don't have to slow down when it begins to sprinkle a little rain. Just because you have 4 wheel drive it does not mean you don't need to slow down when ice and snow are on the road. Just so you know the physics behind stopping in snow dumbass Missourians you need ten feet of stopping distance for every mile an hour you are moving forward to avoid a collision. The speed limit is the same in all lanes it is not 100 in the far left , 80 in the middle, and 5 in the right lane. I could go on but that would take a Missouri driver concentration away from the cd they are changing out of the dash while talking on the cell phone smoking a cigarette drinking a cup of coffee and trying to steer,

132bpm
132bpm

By the way, Blues suck.

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