Worst Drivers in the U.S.

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  • Motorists in Missouri earned a dubious honor recently when the state made the list of the top 10 worst drivers in the country. The list is published by Car Insurance Comparison and it uses available data including information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in order to determine U.S. states with the best and worst drivers.

    Our state did not do very well on the list this year, as it was tied with North Carolina as being the state with the seventh worst drivers. This number seven position actually marks an improvement for local drivers, though, because the state had finished second on the list of the worst drivers last year.

    Although the roads remain dangerous, hopefully the move from number two to seveneth most dangerous is a sign that drivers are more careful and that trends suggest conditions are improving.

    Why is Missouri Among the States with the Worst Drivers?

    The study used a variety of different metrics to determine which state had the least safe drivers. For example, the data on Missouri showed that:

    • There were 29 fatalities for every 100 million miles traveled.
    • Missouri ranked 48th in failure to obey, which refers to obeying tragic laws such as seat belt rules and rules on traffic signals.
    • Missouri ranked 41 out of 50 states in drunk driving, which isn't good news either since it suggests a lot of intoxicated motorists on the road.
    • Missouri residents also ranked #41 when it comes to drivers getting tickets by law enforcement for violating the rules of the road.
    • Missouri ranked 44th in the category of careless driving.

    Insurance Compare indicates that the two categories that are some of the biggest indicators of which drivers are the worst include careless driving and the fatality rate per miles traveled. Missouri was the only state on the list of the top 10 worst drivers that did not finish in the bottom 20 in both of these categories. Missouri was the 25th worst state when it came to careless driving and this was actually the state's best ranking factor. The state's worst ranking factor was failure to obey.

    The news that Missouri moved from its number two spot as the state with the second worst drivers was not all good news either. Although this change does reflect that there was significant improvement in the area of careless driving, the total score that Missouri received did not actually change from one year to the next. This means that Missouri, on the whole, did not get any better or safer in terms of drivers not causing accidents. Instead, we moved up in the rankings because other states got worse, which is not good news for anyone who has to travel through the country and who may encounter a lot of dangerous drivers.

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