I am an expert on Nashville drivers. For the last nine years, I have driven on average 40 miles a day, most times more. Last year, I sat in traffic for almost six hours due to inclement weather to travel 20 miles. A few years ago, it took me four hours to get to work due to a wreck. I know Nashville’s traffic and driving habits.
What inspired me to do this list are years of observation and experience. There are common stereotypes that women and the elderly can’t drive, and those with sports cars drive reckless. I disagree. I find the stereotypes of poor drivers lie within the driver, and specifically with the car they drive. So, here’s my list of Nashville’s top worst drivers, and although there are always exceptions, I challenge you to pay attention to the following makes and models:
Honda Accord – Like to go fast even though they have little power. They will cut you off and pass you just to be first.
Jeeps – Get out of the way.
Saturn cars – Oblivious drivers who think they are the only ones on the road.
Ford Mustang – The only sporty car on the list. Coincidence? No, these drivers have an ego so huge it barely fits in their car. They speed, cut you off, and think they are awesome.
Tahoe, Suburban – Over compensation. These big vehicles take up lots of space, and the drivers don’t look when merging.
Ford F150, F250, big trucks – See above. I have one who likes to regularly honk at me because I won’t pull into oncoming traffic. We have exchanged hand signals several times.
Civics – The ones that are cheaply modified. These drivers want a reliable car that is cheap to mod, and they drive like they have a sports car. I cannot count how many Civic drivers have tried to race me.
Mini Van/Vans – Guaranteed to go at least 5 mph. under the speed limit. Notorious for getting into fast lanes and slowing everyone down. Be careful to pass though because they swerve, too.
RVs – Too big to handle. People should have to take special classes to drive these. I was rear ended in a parking lot by one and almost killed on the interstate by another that was merging. Be very careful around these.
Pontiac GrandPrix – Speed and are impatient. Friday morning I had one pass me on my street to save him two seconds.
Dodge Strattus – Huge egos and reckless. They love to bully other drivers and start races.
Waste Management/Dump trucks – Will try to run you over and spray rocks. And they don’t care. Good luck reporting them because I have never seen a dump truck with a license plate.
Out-of-state drivers – There’s an unwritten rule in Nashville: Drive 5 mph. over the speed limit everywhere except for school zones. Out of towners are very slow and often drive in fast lanes under the speed limit. If you visit Nashville, be prepared to keep up!
Those are my picks! Do you have any model specific bad drivers in your area? Feel free to share in the comments below!