If you asked someone what state had the WORST drivers, the answer would be easy: The state that they’re driving in . . . RIGHT NOW.
But for a more scientific answer, Consumer Affairs analyzed data from the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Then, they ranked cities based on four factors: Crash fatalities per 100,000 people . . . the number of fatalities due to bad driving . . . DUI . . . and speeding.
“Bad driving” included stuff like: Driving the wrong way in one-way traffic . . . failing to yield . . . aggressive / careless driving . . . making improper turns . . . and recklessly changing lanes and tailgating on busy roads.
In the end, the state with the WORST drivers is: Tennessee, which has FOUR cities in the Top 20 . . . including the worst city, Memphis. The other three were: Knoxville (#12), Clarksville (#17), and Chattanooga (#19).
The 10 cities with the worst drivers are: Memphis . . . Baton Rouge, Louisiana . . . Albuquerque, New Mexico . . . Macon, Georgia . . . St. Louis . . . Cleveland . . . Detroit . . . Victorville, California . . . Hesperia, California . . . and Rockford, Illinois.
Despite having two small cities in the Top 10, California had the BEST drivers overall, along with Texas.
The 10 cities with the safest drivers are: Green Bay, Wisconsin . . . Cary, North Carolina . . . Oxnard, California . . . Bellevue, Washington . . . McKinney, Texas . . . Lynn, Massachusetts . . . Glendale, California . . . Pearland, Texas . . . College Station, Texas . . . and Henderson, Nevada.