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Michigan Drivers Spoiler Alert: We are not that bad, friend.

I’m pretty sure that all Michigan drivers have been honked at or given the finger at some point.  I certainly have.  Forbes recently conducted a survey on road rage, and they included 5,000 drivers: 100 from every state. A 10-factor scoring system was used: everything from honking, yelling, and offensive hand gestures, all the way to forcing another driver’s car off the side of the road and SHOOTING at them.

Where do Michigan drivers fall? You can check out the complete 50-state list on Forbes. 85% of the drivers surveyed said they’ve experienced some form of road rage. Again, honking horns or giving the finger is something I think 100% of drivers have seen in EVERY STATE, but maybe I’m just lucky.  The next time you’re out driving, remember, drivers here in Michigan may not be perfect, but it could be worse… a lot worse.

Forbes data was also broken down to show the most common reasons people give for THEIR OWN ROAD RAGE.  Here are the top five “reasons.”

The other driver was driving inappropriately 31%
I was already stressed out 24%
There was a lot of traffic 23%
I was running late 19%
The other driver was driving slowly 16%

Michigan actually fell in the top 10 for the LEAST confrontational drivers.  Check out our rank!  I always love it when Michigan shows well in a survey, but I didn’t expect us to do this well. LOL Still, I’ll take the win anytime I can get it.

Here are the TOP 5 most controversial drivers and the Top 5 least controversial drivers:

  • #5 most confrontational drivers - NEW MEXICO

    Fifteen percent of the New Mexico drivers surveyed said that another driver in their state followed them and got out of their car to yell or fight with them.

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  • #4 most confrontational drivers - OKLAHOMA

    More than 50% of the Oklahoma drivers said that drivers in their state had given them “rude hand gestures.” I feel like that number should be higher across the board. Hasn’t EVERY driver been given the finger at some point?

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  • #3 most confrontational drivers - COLORADO

    25% of the Colorado drivers surveyed said they know someone who has been hurt in a road rage accident. I thought Colorado was the chill state… maybe not so much?

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  • #2 most confrontational drivers - MISSOURI

    Missouri leads the way in the number of respondents that had been intentionally cut off. They also had the most “yes” answers regarding having another driver point a gun or SHOOT at them. WTH is going on in Missouri?

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  • #1 most confrontational drivers - UTAH

    27% of drivers in Utah said they know of someone in their state who was injured in a road rage incident. 76% said they had been honked at in frustration… I feel like this is another percentage that should be closer to 100 FOR EVERYONE. We’ve all honked or been honked at by another driver at some point.

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  • #5 least confrontational drivers - NEW YORK

    I did not see that coming. I always considered New York drivers to be on the rude side, but I guess I shouldn’t judge the whole state by NYC.

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  • #4 least confrontational drivers - FLORIDA

    Florida may lead the country in stupid crimes, but it turns out that their drivers are pretty chill. their pedestrians… not so much.

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  • #3 least confrontational drivers - MICHIGAN

    WOOT! A BIG “SUCK IT” to 47 states… wait. That might be a confrontational statement and counter-productive to this conversation. #mybad

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  • #2 least confrontational drivers - PENNSYLVANIA

    I’ve driven in Pennsylvania more times than I can count and I have to say, the drivers I’ve interacted with were not confrontational.

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  • #1 least confrontational drivers - NORTH DAKOTA

    Out of a possible 100 points (higher being more confrontational), North Dakota scored in the 62 percentile to be the LEAST CONFRONTATIONAL state for drivers according to the survey.

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    Michigan Spot Named One of the Best in America for Fall Foliage

    I’m always surprised how many people say fall is their favorite season, but it is a beautiful time of year, especially in Michigan. I personally think Michigan offers some of the best fall colors in the entire U.S., and now there’s proof that the Mitten is a great place to see vibrant fall colors. I’m already seeing a few leaves changing colors, and while it’s beautiful, I have to admit I wasn’t very happy to see the changing leaves, since it means summer is winding down. I’m not ready for it to end.

    The crew at US News & World Report has put together a list of the best places to view fall foliage in the U.S. “There’s no other time of year quite like fall,” they state. “Brisk, cool mornings give way to afternoons warmed by the sun, and the drop in temperature causes leaves to change from shades of green to a kaleidoscope of warm colors before winter sets in. The displays of color are different across the U.S., but they’re all brilliant when leaf-peeping season is at its peak.”

    Of course, the best times to view fall foliage differs by region and year, so check with your local spots before venturing out on a big fall foliage viewing trip. “Many top destinations to view fall’s splendor have leaf and foliage reports, maps and trackers so you can follow the local predictions and current conditions – and arrive just in time for the best of the season,” US World & News Report says.

    Read on for the full list of the best places to see fall foliage in America, including one famous Michigan spot. Where is your favorite spot to view the fall colors in Michigan? Reach out to me on social media and let me know your favorite areas to view the colors in Michigan.

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      Vacationing in Acadia National Park turns you into a pioneer: Each trail leads to rugged, untouched land just waiting to be captured by your camera lens. Cobalt waves crash on the jagged granite slabs topped with spruce trees that jut out from the shore.

    • McKenzie River Scenic Byway, Oregon

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    • The Berkshires, Massachusetts

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      Home to winding roads surrounded by picture-perfect mountaintops, vast farmland and scattered herds of cattle, the Berkshires offer the perfect mix of lively fun and relaxation. Located about 140 miles north of New York City and a little more than 120 miles west of Boston, this rural region in western Massachusetts serves as an idyllic retreat for city dwellers in need of a countryside escape.

    • Charlottesville, Virginia

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      Speak to one of the locals and they'll tell you that Charlottesville is "Mr. Jefferson's Town." Truly, Thomas Jefferson's legacy does indeed shine brightly here. You'll feel his imprint while strolling past the columns of the University of Virginia's Academical Village, or through the vegetable gardens of Monticello.

    • Payette River Scenic Byway, Idaho

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    • Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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      You probably know the chocolate-inspired town of Hershey is located in Pennsylvania, and you might know a thing or two about Amish Country. But did you know you can see Albert Einstein's brain on display in Philadelphia, or that you can visit an International Dark Sky Park in the northern part of the state?

    • Cheyenne, Wyoming

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    • French Lick West Baden, Indiana

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      Escape from the everyday to a luxury hotel built more than a century ago. Once called the "Eighth Wonder of the World," the focal point of West Baden Springs Hotel is an awe-inspiring atrium that spans 200 feet. Mixing comfortable ambiance with modern amenities, our hotel creates unforgettable romantic getaways, weddings, corporate events and other special occasions.

    • The Mississippi River Valley, Minnesota

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      More than 10,000 years ago, glaciers covered all of Minnesota except the southeastern corner. Glacial meltwater carved the deep valleys, while sparing the soft limestone bluffs. Known by geologists as the "driftless" region (and by Minnesotans as Bluff Country), this land is now graced with gentle rivers and streams flowing between high wooded bluffs.

    • Breckenridge, Colorado

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      Settled in 1859, Breckenridge retains the same Victorian-era charm it did during the height of the gold rush. Its down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere has also endured its transformation from a silver- and gold-mining town to one of the country's most beloved skiing destinations.

    • Hudson, New York

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      Cool, cosmopolitan, crowded, constantly evolving ... the Big Apple blends big city splendor with small-town charm. Amid Gotham's iconic landmarks and towering skyscrapers, you'll experience a vibrant culture permeating each of the city's distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs. Follow trendsetters to the East Village and Brooklyn to check out indie boutiques, iconic bakeries and trendy coffee shops.

    • Stowe, Vermont

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      Are you daydreaming of the European Alps but don't have the dough to go? Consider the quaint - and more affordable - Vermont village of Stowe.

    • Chattanooga, Tennessee

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      Situated along the Tennessee River and nestled among the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Chattanooga has truly earned its nickname as the "Scenic City." Once named the most polluted city in America by the Department of Health, Chattanooga has experienced an urban revitalization over the past few decades, making sustainability a priority and giving the city a much-needed boost of diversity without losing touch of its small-town charm.

    • Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

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    • Lake Superior Scenic Byway, Wisconsin

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    • Highlands, North Carolina

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      If you're looking for a getaway at a higher elevation and want an escape from the big city, look no further than one of these serene destinations in the North Carolina mountains. With plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities, majestic scenery and wide-open spaces, these towns, parks and attractions are the perfect locales to visit for solo trips, romantic getaways and family vacations.

    • Tunnel of Trees, Michigan

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      What is M-119's Tunnel of Trees? The Tunnel of Trees is named for the hardwoods and evergreens that knit into a ceiling over motorists and bicyclists. The route offers forest views, and openings in the trees surprise travelers with incredible vistas. I have traveled this route for years, hundreds of times, in every season.

    • North Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

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      Incredible, extraordinary, mind-boggling ... try as you might, you'll have difficulty finding words that do justice to the sheer beauty of Lake Tahoe. Resting on the California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe has long been a favorite vacation spot, welcoming upward of 2.7 million people a year.

    • The Ozarks, Arkansas

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      Arkansas is rich not only in natural resources and scenic beauty - its nickname is the Natural State, after all - but also in history, given its prominent role in the civil rights movement and its extensive Native American history.

    • Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, Maryland

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      From cities on the ocean and an island with wild horses to small towns rooted in centuries of American history, Maryland is geographically and culturally diverse. With Washington, D.C., a stone's throw away, the legacy of the country's founding fathers can be keenly felt.

    • Anchorage to Kenai, Alaska

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    • The Poconos, Pennsylvania

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      The Pocono Mountains, most often referred to as the Poconos, have long been a quintessential part of East Coast travel itineraries. The Northeastern Pennsylvania mountains' enduring appeal comes largely from its accessibility; the mountains are a roughly two-hour drive from both New York City and Philadelphia.

    • Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

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      Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899, making it the nation's fifth national park. Its dominating feature is, of course, the 14,410-foot-tall active volcano for which it is named. The mountain is the tallest volcano in the Cascade Range and the most glaciated peak in the continental United States, with 25 named glaciers.

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