- Louisiana has the worst drivers in the U.S., according to a new survey by CarInsuranceComparison.com.
- The Web site came to this conclusion by pulling together data from a number of sources and devising a ranking system.
- Vermont has the best drivers in the country.
SEATTLE — In case you were wondering, the state with the worst drivers in the U.S. is ... Louisiana.
That's according to CarInsuranceComparison.com, a Web site designed to allow online comparison of rates and coverage among various car insurance companies.
CarInsuranceComparison.com came to this conclusion by pulling together statistics from several sources, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
It established five categories — Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled, Failure To Obey traffic laws, Drunk Driving, Ticketing Rate and Careless-Driving citations — then amalgamated the data to arrive at an overall score. The states with the highest scores were deemed to have the worst drivers.
Louisiana earned its worst-drivers ranking for the second year in row by finishing in the top five in three different categories: Failure to Obey, Ticketing Rate and Careless Driving. The state's worst score was in Careless Driving, in which it ranked 48th, and its best rating was in Drunk Driving, in which it finished 38th.
The rest of the top (er?bottom) 10: South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Missouri (tie), North Carolina (tie), Montana and North Dakota.
According to the site, the 10 states or districts with the best drivers are Vermont, Utah, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Oregon, Maine, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Iowa and Massachusetts.
The complete 50-state rankings can be found at CarInsuranceComparison.com.
And, as the site notes: "Keep in mind that not only are bad drivers aggravating and dangerous, but they contribute to increased auto insurance premiums in your state!"
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