For those of us who live in California, we are used to the questionable driving that we often see on the roads. So, it may come as no surprise that Californian drivers rank as some of the worst in the nation.
In a recent study by the financial website Smart Asset, California ranked third worst in the category for overall drivers. Mississippi and Alabama topped the list, coming in at first and second respectively.
Smart Asset “looked at the percentage of drivers who are insured, the number of driving under the influence (DUI) arrests per 1,000 drivers, the number of fatalities per 100,000 vehicle miles driven and how often residents google terms like ‘traffic ticket’ or ‘speeding ticket.’” The data for these metrics were pulled from a variety of sources, such as the Department of Transportation. From these numbers, the average rankings were calculated and then used to create the states’ final scores.
According to Smart Asset’s research, California placed 15th highest for DUIs, with 4.59 DUIs issued per 1,000 drivers. It also ranked as the sixth-highest in searches for speeding and traffic tickets. Looking at these statistics, it would be wise for California drivers to be extra careful when out on the roads.
Compared with the DUI data from Insurify, there were some slight discrepancies between the two sites. Insurify listed North Dakota as having the highest history of drunk drivers (see States With the Most Drunk Drivers), however, Smart Asset listed South Dakota as having this position at 12.99 DUIs per 1,000 drivers. Instead, South Dakota ranked third in Insurify’s data. It would be interesting to delve into the differences in methodology between the two studies.