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Study ranks best, worst driving states

A new report says we may not be the worst among American drivers, but we aren’t the best either. 

QuoteWizard®, a LendingTree company, and one of the nation’s leading online insurance marketplaces, has released their annual report on the best and worst driving states.

QuoteWizard sets out each year to see which states have the worst drivers in America. We analyzed data from two million car insurance quotes from drivers across the country. We evaluated states on four factors to determine overall driver quality and took a composite ranking of overall incidents. Incidents include:

  • Accidents
  • Speeding Tickets
  • DUIs
  • Citations (running a red light, using a cellphone while driving, etc.)

States rated among the worst were those with the highest rate of incidents, and the best driving states had the lowest rate of incidents.

This year’s report had Mississippi drivers set as the 22nd among best driving states in the nation and Arkansas drivers were ranked 13th. 

However, Tennessee drivers are pegged as the ninth-worst state, according to the QuoteWizard rankings.  

Iowa and North Dakota were ranked to have the worst drivers, while the best drivers were found in New Hampshire and West Virginia.  

To view the full report, visit:


The QuoteWizard research team evaluated driver quality from each state, with QuoteWizard having analyzed 2021 data from millions of insurance quotes from drivers across the county. A composite ranking system was used to rank each city for their rate of incidents. Incidents include accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations.

Worst Driving States                                                   

  1. Iowa
  2. North Dakota
  3. Virginia
  4. California
  5. Alaska
  6. Utah
  7. Idaho
  8. New Jersey
  9. Tennessee
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Nebraska
  12. Oregon
  13. Rhode Island
  14. Wyoming
  15. Maryland
  16. Massachusetts
  17. Ohio
  18. Washington
  19. Kansas
  20. South Carolina
  21. Montana
  22. New Mexico
  23. Colorado
  24. Florida
  25. Vermont

Best Driving States

  1. New Hampshire
  2. West Virginia
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Kentucky
  5. Illinois
  6. Delaware
  7. Louisiana
  8. Michigan
  9. Arizona
  10. Connecticut
  11. Missouri
  12. Pennsylvania
  13. Arkansas
  14. South Dakota
  15. Alabama
  16. Hawaii
  17. Nevada
  18. Maine
  19. Texas
  20. Minnesota
  21. New York
  22. Mississippi
  23. Georgia
  24. North Carolina
  25. Indiana

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