Dan Neil on DC drivers – Click above to watch video

Dan Neil isn't exactly known for being Mr. Sensitive. In fact, Neil has built an entire career around ruffling people's feathers and not saying sorry. In a clip from SPEED's upcoming The Car Show, Neil calls out drivers in Washington, D.C. as the worst, not in America, but in the world. Harsh.

That said, we can't say we disagree. As far as we're concerned, thumb screws are preferable to an afternoon spent trying to traverse the D.C. Beltway. Click the image above to check out the video at The Car Show's Facebook page.


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      Vineeth Vazhayil
      • 3 Years Ago
      I mean, really, do you really believe driving in a North American city can be the worst experience in the world? Very funny... Dan Neil should take an autorickshaw trip in any major city in India in peak hours. Up close and personal experience guaranteed and for sure he would vouch never to go back there ever again!
        David Kim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Vineeth Vazhayil
        Agree that Indian drivers are totally insane. And just being a passenger is serious terror. However, it is a relatively efficient driving system where chaos rules. I lived in dc for two years after I lived in brooklyn and manhattan for 6 years. I think the dc traffic is the worst I've ever experienced on a routine basis. There are times when you are surprised how smooth the traffic is on the George Washington bridge or holland tunnel but the beltway is always a parking lot during rush hours. The main difference between dc traffic and new Delhi is people just seem to be stuck without any reason. In India, there are no traffic rules so people actually get to where they are going. It's a beautifully terrifying thing.
      chicagovet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Merging seems to be a lost art. Nowadays it seems the mergers don't look, don't care, and, well, just don't *merge*. Apparently now YOU are supposed to get out of THEIR way.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chicagovet
        Depends on the part of the world you learn to drive in. In some parts of the world, if you are the overtaking driver, you are the one with the better line of sight and are basically supposed to make sure you don't hit anything that is in front of you -- and if you can see some guy has to merge, you need to slow down and let him in. Lots of shades of grey here since obviously he can't jump in at 20 mph when you are going 50 mph, but I've found people who are driving at 70 mph in the right lane (passing slowpokes in the left lane) who also expect mergers to wait so they can come steaming through.
      ericluvsgiraffes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would have to disagree with this statement as well. If you ever want to feel the deepest of road rage then I suggest you drive in Japan. Cannot drive for sh*t.
      All_mine
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've driven through D.C. once, and it was pretty bad, but it wasn't the worse in the world. Seoul is bad, Cario is really bad, and the worse so far is Kuwait City, Kuwait. I have been here for nearly 17 months and here are the things I have seen. 1. Speed limit on the freeway is 120KMH, I drive around that speed or faster. I get passed at least 30 times by cars that travel nearly 60KMH faster than me on a 15 minute strech of road. 2. I have never, not once in the nearly 17 months I have been here, have seen a car get pulled over. 3. I have seen on many occasions that a person misses their exits, stops, and backs up so that person can get off on that particular exit. This is seen on freeway. 4. If there is a traffic jam, a 3 lane road now becomes 5 lanes. 5. No drivers pay attention to crosswalks. I have almost been hit many times just trying to cross over from the car garage to inside of the airport. People will drive to within inches of you before they stop, and most of the time, by the looks on their faces, they were mad that they had to stop to let you pass. 6. People will stop on the freeway, on the right lane, not actually off the freeway, so that they can chat to other people, causing incoming traffic to move into another lane to avoid hitting that person. 7. Last but most definitly not least, if there is a car wreck, that car will probably be sitting on the side of the road for the next 1-3 months before it gets removed. One car we used as a landmark so that we knew what exit to get off of when driving, that car was there for nearly 6 months.
      Sawyer Johnson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any big city is going to be a pain to drive in...trust me, LA is one of the best examples. 405 north during rush hour? Good luck.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      obviously he's never driven in jersey.
      stickshiftn69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pennsylvania drivers are the worlds worst, seriously, think about it, how many times has some moron done something stupid on the road and its Penn. plates? right ? you notice?
      Jake S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obviously this dipsh=t has never been to Cairo, Beijing, Moscow, Manila, Mumbai or Mexico City. If he actually knew what he was talking about, he'd have listed those first.
      danimuhl
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's never driven in Kabul, Afghanistan.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @danimuhl
        I've driven in Kabul and in DC. Believe it or not, I think DC drivers are worse.
      Eddie Dwyer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Have to put Jersey and Pennsylvania 1-2. Any order.
      fivespeeed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Drivers are horrible everywhere in America. These will sound familiar to all of us: No turn signals, texting, weaving, drunk driving, women doing makeup in their rear view, throwing GARBAGE out the window, road rage (and not even legitimate road rage, we've all seen people rage over getting PASSED by faster traffic), oh, and here's the best one: rushing the left lane when the right lane is closing ahead. Do any of you idiots out there know how much that slows down traffic for everyone? I'm from the midwest, and I'm here to say that people across this country are stupid, arrogant, obese, uneducated, loud and TERRIBLE at driving. Happy 4th of July, you cheap beer-swilling, reality television-watching degenerates! You make the United States the bad joke of the WORLD!
        Rocco
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        This is the FUNNIEST comment I have ever read. I am in Italy at the moment, cooling my heels, and just laughing out loud!!! You made my day, 5 speed. By the way, the Italians are nutty drivers, too. Lane straddling, insane tailgating, and motorcycles who think they are on a racetrack and you are the obstacle.
        Skicat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        Right there with ya, five.
        MichaelMM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        Dude, that was awesome! I would set off some fireworks in your honor, but I'm at work. Boo.
      MichaelMM
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a National Capitol Region resident, I have to partially agree with Dan. A big part of the problem in the DC area is the hodge-podge of drivers from all over converging on the same roads. From the poeple living here their entire lives to the white knuckled driving immigrants fresh off the boat, and I cannot forget to mention the transient population known as the military presence navigating our roads can be an adventure. The sheer vehicle/sqaure mile density is really bad too. On top of all that, living in this area means planning your day around traffic. Evening rush hour is more like 5 hours... I wish I was joking :-(. Oh, and then the deer, or as I like to call them; roadside bombs just waiting to happen. I have learned to fear them more than anything else on the road. There are some advantages, though. Having learned to drive and ride a motorcycle here, I have to say driving in other areas it quite relaxing. Yeah, I am looking at you too, NYC. Riding my motorcycle through DC makes me feel like a freaking hero! Especially considering you have to pull some heroics just to get around on two wheels sometimes, HAHAHA! I am going to say that the WORST drivers all reside entirely in the state of Pennsylvania. Folks can piss and moan all they want, but at least the crap driving conditions in DC can be explained in the reasons I gave above. What's your excuse, PA? I have never come across an angrier, nastier, and greedier set of drivers. Ever. Before the butt hurt crowd comes in and says, "Well you obviously haven't driven anywhere else, blah, blah, blah..." I will say BS! You already read that I've been up to NYC on car AND motorcycle (with my wife aboard no less) to that include: CA, NC, SC, MD, VA (home), WV, OH, IN, DE, FL, AZ, CO, HI, GA, MI, and of course horrid-ass PA. That's a fair cross-section. None, NONE worse than PA.
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