While Georgians may complain about northern drivers not knowing how to drive – or anyone not from Georgia, for that matter, they may be mistaken. Compiling a ranking list of states from the worst drivers to the best may seem like a monumental undertaking, but someone finally decided to do just that. The state with the worst drivers might surprise you, and so might the Peach State’s ranking on the list. The Atlanta Patch reports.
SmartAsset, a financial advising company, has released its second annual nationwide ranking of states with the best and the worst drivers. The study examined four metrics: percent of drivers with insurance, number of DUIs per driver, number of deaths per mile driven, and number of Google searches for terms such as traffic ticket or speeding ticket.
Georgia ranked 18 on the list, with neighbor Florida coming in at number 8. Alabama fell just above that at number 7.
The breakdown for Georgia looks like this:
- 88% of drivers have insurance
- Number of DUIs per driver: 2.75
- Average number of deaths per mile driven: 1.27
While Georgia might not be that bad, 5 of the 10 worst states were located in the south. It does seem that Florida improved this year: it was ranked worst last year. This year, the dubious honor of worst drivers went to Mississippi.
Tennessee came in second, followed by California in third, which is tied with Missouri.
However, much to the chagrin of Georgia drivers, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York all ranked in the top five.
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