Which U.S. States Have the Best and Worst Drivers?

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The map above was created by Car Insurance Companion based on National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) data. It compiles various law enforcement metrics like “fatality rate” (per 100 million vehicle miles traveled), “failure to obey citations issued” (traffic signals and seat belts), “drunk driving citations” (self explanatory), “number of tickets issued”, and “careless driving citations”.

When you mash all that together, you get a pretty good idea of how good and bad drivers are in a state on average. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t some very safe drivers in the lowest-ranked states and vice versa, though, so don’t take it personally if your state does poorly.

According to the data, here are the most dangerous drivers (cyclists beware!):

1. Louisiana
2. South Carolina
3. Mississippi
4. Texas
5. Alabama
6. Florida
7. Missouri
8. North Carolina
9. Montana
10. North Dakota

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And here are the safest:

  1. Vermont
  2. Utah
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Minnesota
  5. Oregon
  6. Maine
  7. Connecticut
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Iowa
  10. Massachusetts



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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Michael A.
Michael A4 years ago


Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M4 years ago


Susan B.
Susan B4 years ago

I'll never figure out why my state didn't make the most dangerous. Amazing. Good article.

Ashley heffner
Lady Suki4 years ago

My state didn't make either list. I guess we will always be in the middle.

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

No matter what, it's a matter of life and death

Dale O.

Every country has its danger zones. Interesting, at least I know where to be cautious should I visit the States and have to drive. However, even so one can encounter bad drivers everywhere.

Angela J.
Angela J4 years ago

Good to know.

Anne M.
anne M4 years ago

Actually, Texas used to be quite safe for driving until all those lousy drivers from Michigan moved to Texas during Reagan's huge unemployment. I agree though that the drivers in the Deep South are terrible. I don't know if its drinking, road rage, or just plain stupidity but those folks really shouldn't be allowed to drive period unless it's a horse and buggy where the horse does most of the watching out. Of course, cell phone use and texting are a real problem in the entire country. People caught doing that should be incarcerated for endangering the public.