Keep your guard up on the west coast…

Insurance website QuoteWizard just released its annual ranked list or Best and Worst Drivers by State for 2017, and it’s not looking good for those behind the wheel in the Golden State. Meanwhile, drivers in Rhode Island now have something to be proud of.

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California Ranked As Having Worst Drivers In U.S.
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The QuoteWizard study looks at data points on sampled incident data from QuoteWizard users, juxtaposed with the Federal Highway Administration fatality data

The QuoteWizard study looks at data points on sampled incident data from QuoteWizard users, juxtaposed with the Federal Highway Administration fatality data. The data is then weighted for incident totals for each state with its occurrence percentage, with the rankings based on the sum of weighted means calculated from accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, citations, and fatalities.

So then, what’s the state with the worst drivers? That would be California, which was second in 2016 but climbed to the top spot for 2017. QuoteWizard also points out that California includes half of the top 10 cities with the worst drivers in the country, with the absolute worst of the worst residing in Sacramento (although Los Angeles is mentioned as well). California drivers accumulated more tickets and more DUIs this time around, even grabbing the spot for worst standard for DUIs in the country, according to the study.

Meanwhile, the best drivers are in Rhode Island, so congrats on that, New England.

Rankings by State

Ranking (Worst) State
1 California
2 Minnesota
3 Utah
4 South Carolina
5 Washington
6 Nebraska
7 Maine
8 Virginia
9 Idaho
10 North Dakota
11 Georgia
12 Vermont
13 Kansas
14 Ohio
15 Delaware
16 New Jersey
17 Colorado
18 Oregon
19 Connecticut
20 Maryland
21 Wyoming
22 New Mexico
23 Wisconsin
24 New Hampshire
25 North Carolina
26 Louisiana
27 Iowa
28 Alabama
29 Texas
30 Missouri
31 Massachusetts
32 Indiana
33 Pennsylvania
34 Tennessee
35 Alaska
36 Alaska
37 New York
38 Montana
39 Kentucky
40 Arizona
41 Oklahoma
42 West Virginia
43 Illinois
44 South Dakota
45 Nevada
46 Arkansas
47 Michigan
48 Mississippi
49 Florida
50 Rhode Island

Generally speaking, the last few years have seen a sizable increase in the number of auto accidents and car-related deaths, despite the advent of new semi-autonomous safety technologies like automatic braking. So why is that? The study points to the fact that Americans are driving more and more on average, with the additional time on the road equating to more opportunities for accidents, plus the fact that distracted driving continues to be a major problem.

So, about those autonomous cars…

Source: QuoteWizard

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