Photos: Top ten scariest out-of-state license plates to see in a snowstorm
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Our commute to work this morning wasn't as thrill-packed as during some Colorado storms, but it definitely had a certain level of danger -- thanks to a couple of drivers from out of state who appeared to have just seen their first flake. But which state's drivers are the scariest? We've photo-illustrated and expanded a 2009 post to provide our top ten. Check them out below. Number 10: Kansas
If you've ever driven across Kansas, you were probably fighting sleep the whole time -- but during those moments when you were fully aware, you undoubtedly noticed that there are fewer inclines on the roadways there than on the typical kitchen table. That makes Colorado driving a challenge for Kansans under ideal circumstances. But when it's snowing?
Number 9: Louisiana
As we know, parts of Louisiana are actually below sea level -- so driving in a state that's thousands of feet above that mark pretty much everywhere can't help being an issue. Plus, Louisiana humidity usually isn't white, lumpy and slick.
New Yorkers are known for their aggressiveness, and that can be a good quality under certain circumstances. But on the road? When it's snowing? And you can't tell which lane is which? Fuhgeddaboutit.
Number 7: New Jersey
That stuff we wrote about New York in the blurb above? Multiply it by about a hundred and you'll be in the right ballpark for New Jersey drivers in a storm.
True, some parts of California get snow. But in SoCal particularly, drivers tend to keep the pedal to the metal whether the pavement's wet or dry, with often disastrous results. Add to that a certain motoring sense of entitlement and you've got a recipe for disaster.
Number 5: Hawaii
Plenty of Hawaiians have never seen snow, and they're apt to be fascinated by it, watching the falling ice crystals with the innocence of a child. But it's hard to appreciate the wonder-filled expression on a person's face when he's t-boning you.
Drivers from Florida are apt to be distracted by shivering because they're wearing shorts as they nurse a frosty beverage and rock out to Jimmy Buffett cranked to the pain threshold. Of course, Jimmy Buffett can cause pain even when played at low volumes, but that's another story.
Number 3: Arizona
Accustomed to driving at excessive speeds along sun-scorched asphalt and braking only when the animal that moves in front of them on the road is cow-sized or larger. Likely to be seen spinning on snowy roads like a roadrunner with an inner-ear condition.
Unlike residents from many of the states above, Montanans have experience driving in snow -- but plenty of them think that knowledge makes them immune from every physical law, including the one that pertains to an SUV not stopping on a dime on black ice. Escalades can be fun, but not when they're turning your Kia into a speed bump.
Number 1: Texas
The aggro-driving that typifies Texans can be a pain in the ass on nice days. When the snow's falling, it turns into terror behind the wheel, Lone Star-style. If you spot a car with these plates in your rear-view mirror, you'll probably be seeing red-and-blue flashing lights a few minutes later.
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