A new study by carinsurancecomparison.com tackles a question most drivers ask themselves constantly: is my state home to the worst drivers? For many, it often feels that way, but the truth is more exact.
Compiling information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and others, the site ranked each state in five categories:
Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals + Seat Belts)
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So now the most important question: does Alabama or Georgia have worse drivers?
The answer: Alabama, which ranks fifth in the Top 10 states with the worst drivers. As the study notes, the state is mostly hampered by its new careless driving ranking, which dropped from seventh last year to 36th. It still ranks 49th for ticketing in the country.
Its full rankings are:
Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled: 40th
Failure to Obey: 41st
Drunk Driving: 26th
Careless Driving: 36th
Georgia, meanwhile, ranks 15th (even given the notorious slog of the metro area commute). The state has a superb drunk driving ranking (fifth in the country, behind only Utah, Kentucky, Kansas and Iowa). Ironically, its worst ranking is ticketing. It ranks one behind Alabama as the worst state in the country.
Georgia's full rankings are:
Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled: 28th
Failure to Obey: 46th
Drunk Driving: 5th
Careless Driving: 29th
The worst state anywhere? For the second year in a row, it's Louisiana.