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Survey shows Virginia drivers are the most competitive in the U.S.

January-February 2024

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Content courtesy Solitaire Bliss

Online gaming company Solitaire Bliss recently conducted a survey to determine where in America people are most competitive. In their survey, they asked nearly 2,000 individuals about the myriad ways they act competitively in their everyday lives.

Their self-reporting survey shows that in Virginia, drivers are more competitive than anywhere else in the United States. Virginia (80.85%) tops the list, followed by Illinois (78.63%) and then Idaho (78.38%).


A whopping majority (61%) of Americans confess to speeding up just to prevent another car from merging in front of them. Interestingly, women (67%) are slightly more likely to engage in this form of road rivalry than men (65%). The generational breakdown reveals that Gen X (69%) takes the lead in this style of driving, followed closely by millennials and Gen Z (67%), with boomers (57%) trailing behind.

Another intriguing phenomenon on the road is the satisfaction derived from passing a car that had previously passed you — a significant 63% of drivers admit to feeling a sense of triumph when this happens. This sense of satisfaction is more pronounced among women, with 71% experiencing it, compared to 64% of men. Among generations, Gen Z (74%) feels this satisfaction most strongly, followed by millennials and Gen X (69%), while boomers (54%) are less affected by this competitive emotion.

A vast majority (72%) of drivers have accelerated to catch a green light or beat a yellow one, even when they weren’t in a particular rush. This behavior is evenly split between men and women, with both genders equally guilty of this competitive tendency (77%). Millennials (79%) are the most likely culprits when it comes to this aggressive driving tactic, closely followed by Gen X (78%), Gen Z (75%), and trailing slightly behind, boomers (70%).