QuoteWizard, an insurance website owned by LendingTree, has published rankings of U.S. states based on the best and worst drivers using the following data points:

  • Accidents
  • Speeding tickets
  • DUIs
  • Citations

Based on that information only, North Carolina came out fairly well, ranking 38th (1st being the worst).

In our neighborhood, North Carolina is a motoring paradise. Virginia ranked second worst, South Carolina ranked 10th worst, Georgia ranked 11th worst, and Tennessee ranked 27th. In short, North Carolina ranked really, really well — slightly better than Mississippi, and almost as good as Arizona.

The bluer the better in this map. QuoteWizard graphic

“In the five years we at QuoteWizard have been publishing our best and worst driver study, we have learned one thing: No matter where you live and drive, those drivers are the worst,” QuoteWizard said in releasing its rankings.

According to the data, Wyoming drivers ranked worst, and West Virginia drivers ranked best.

The best and worst driver study uses millions of data points to determine where the best and worst really are.

Best and worst ranking methodology

QuoteWizard analyzed over 2 million insurance quotes from QuoteWizard drivers to see which states had the best and worst drivers. To get rankings, theye built a composite score between four driving incident factors:

  • Accidents
  • Speeding tickets
  • DUIs
  • Citations
Rank (Worst to Best)State
1Wyoming
2Virginia
3Colorado
4New Jersey
5South Dakota
6Vermont
7Maryland
8Washington
9Ohio
10South Carolina
11Georgia
12North Dakota
13Oregon
14California
15Delaware
16Nebraska
17Wisconsin
18Arkansas
19Indiana
20Idaho
21Maine
22Utah
23Alaska
24Kansas
25Connecticut
26New York
27Tennessee
28Iowa
29Pennsylvania
30Louisiana
31Minnesota
32Alabama
33Massachusetts
34New Hampshire
35Rhode Island
36Hawaii
37Mississippi
38North Carolina
39Arizona
40Oklahoma
41Montana
42Nevada
43Kentucky
44Illinois
45Florida
46Texas
47New Mexico
48Michigan
49Missouri
50West Virginia
QuoteWizard rankings

Accident-prone

The ranking of the most accident-prone states means our data saw accidents occurring most often in these top five states.

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Maryland
  3. Massachusetts
  4. South Carolina
  5. Utah

Speeders

The most lead-footed states are those that speed the most and get caught doing it.

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Delaware
  4. Hawaii
  5. North Dakota

Drunkest-driving

The CDC’s BRFSSP data on alcohol consumption by state has the highest-consuming states all in the same neighborhood.

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Dakota
  3. South Dakota
  4. Nebraska
  5. Alaska

Most citations

The common citations tend to be tickets for things like texting while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, failure to signal and other minor citations. While minor in nature, they are bad driving habits that lead to accidents. States that ranked poorly for citations coincide with those with the worst driving behaviors.

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Wyoming
  4. Kansas
  5. South Carolina

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