5 states with the worst drivers: Report

5 states with the worst drivers: Report

5 states with the worst drivers: Report It’s a question for the ages: which state holds the dubious distinction of housing America’s worst drivers? Just in time for the increase in Easter holiday traffic and related accident claims, CarInsuranceComparison.com has the answer.

By trawling through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics on fatalities, failure to obey traffic signals, drunk driving, ticketing and careless driving, researchers were able to definitely label Louisiana drivers as the worst in the nation.

It seems the South has a bit of a problem, as drivers in South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama followed not far behind.

New Orleans insurance agent Allen Bordeaux said he’s not surprised by the figures.

“It seems it’s always pretty much been this way as far back as I can remember,” Bordeaux said. “I hear that drivers here a little bit more adventurous than in other places. They tend to run yellow lights regularly and things of that nature.”

Bordeaux said this lack of attention to detail is reflected in the policies he sells, with Louisiana being “at the bottom of the barrel for a while, as far as rates go.”

“It’s relative to where we live, the condition of the highways and streets,” he said. “It probably also has something to do with the amount of people trying to get around every day.”

Conversely, drivers in Vermont, Utah, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Oregon are among the best behaved, according to CarInsuranceComparison.com’s analysis.

Jill Palbot, an auto insurance producer in Provo, Utah, said the analysis rang true for her.

“It’s hard to say without any experience with other states, but I think the drivers around me are good drivers,” Palbot said, adding that the low number of accidents in her state was reflected in typically low auto policies in Utah.

The report comes as holiday traffic heats up and almost a third of drivers report becoming more aggressive on the road when yuletide stressors come into play, according to a recent report from State Farm.

“The pressure of the holiday, the pressure of having to find something and running all over to find it and all of those things would tend to distract them,” David Brown, a University of Alabama professor who studies holiday traffic told the Washington Post. “Their mind is on other things, and the next thing you know they’re pulling out in front of somebody.”

In preparation for the increased holiday traffic, accidents and insurance claims, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners recommends producers go over existing auto coverage with clients, including liability limits and protection against injury and damage.

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  • shawn M. 12/18/2013 9:56:27 AM
    arizona should be listed among the worst drivers due to our cross section of winter visitors , huge migration population of people from rural colder areas to bigger warm city areas along with our neighbors from across the border who come here and basically do not have to adhere to any driving regulation in their country all add up to create a very bad driving population who are reckless ,tailgaiting, red light runners , not to mention the pedestrians who walk out in the street and cause accidents and who do not use cross walks. Conversely we have the highest pedestrian death total this year so far in Tucson that we have ever had. Pretty bad place for drivers and should be at the top of this list. Can't imagine any place being worse for bad drivers than Az. .
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  • Ken Mullen 12/20/2013 1:40:32 PM
    I lived in Miami, Florida 7 years ago and it seems that Miami had terrible drivers. Miami has such a large amount of international drivers with different styles of driving and terrible traffic jams on the freeways. It was scary watching how the drivers didn't pay attention to the signage and drove like they wanted to no matter where.
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