I was recently visiting my friends in New Orleans, and one of my friends commented that the drivers in Louisiana were the worst drivers in America, way worse than the drivers in California.
Having lived in Southern California most of my life, you can imagine I’ve seen quite a few bad drivers, and I had to shake my head wondering how that could possibly be true. Another friend that was also visiting thought that the drivers in the Seattle area were the worst drivers, which got fourth friend to comment about the drivers in New Jersey. Thus the greatest debate of our time began… Which state has the worst drivers?
Recently, Derek Miller of Smart Asset published the article, “The States with the Worst Drivers – 2017 Edition.” According to the article, Smart Asset conducts its own research using auto insurance data, DUI rates, vehicle fatality rates, and even parking tickets to compile its list, “Top 10 States with the Worst Drivers.” Here is the list:
You can find the article from Smart Asset here:
We found another list, this one from Car Insurance Comparison, which uses data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to develop its top ten list. Here is its list:
1. Louisiana – tied with Texas
2. Texas – tied with Louisiana
3. South Carolina
4. North Dakota
6. New Mexico
8. Alabama - tied with Arizona
9. Arizona – tied with Alabama
You can find the article form Car Insurance Comparison here:
Apparently, the only states that these two lists agree on are Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, and Alabama, which are definitely contenders for the “Worst Drivers” crown.
Of note, my friend Larry who helps me out with these articles, commented that Boston has 250,000 college students come to the city every single September, and that if you have never driven a roundabout in Boston, you may not know what bad-driving constitutes… does Boston have the worst drivers?
What do you think Nation? Did they get the list right? Or are they missing a few states? Perhaps some states deserve an honorable mention!
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Keep driving my friends!
My thanks to Les and Larry for their help with this article.