Everyone thinks their state has the worst drivers in the country. Texans complain about drivers in and around Dallas and Houston. Virginians will tell you horror stories about road rage around the Washington D.C. beltway. And Californians will go on for hours talking about incompetent drivers on the freeways around Los Angeles.
One study seeks to put the argument to rest, though. The website Car Insurance Comparison.com pooled statistics from the National Highway Traffic Administration, the National Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to come up with a set of rankings to determine which state has the worst drivers.
The study looked at five categories: - Fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled - Failure to Obey (traffic signals + seat belts) - Drunk Driving - Tickets - Careless Driving
Each state was given a ranking in those categories from 1 to 51 (the District of Columbia was included), where 1 is the best score and 51 is the worst.
The ten states with the worst drivers were:
Texas actually improved since last year, moving from 3rd to 4th. However, the Lone Star State's drunk driving ranking dropped 16 places to 47th overall, making them the 5th-worst state in the country in that category. Texans also received the 7th-most tickets in the country.
Overall, the South scored poorly - seven of the ten worst states were in the southern United States.
Of the 15 states with the best drivers, only four ranked in the bottom half for careless driving, meaning they kept on eye on the road and their surroundings.
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