When it comes to picking the best and the worst drivers in America, everyone has their own opinion. But, those opinions can be quite varied, depending on what part of the country you live in. There can be a whole lot of finger-pointing going on. That’s why, statistics are often used to determine which cities, according to annual auto insurance rankings, earn the great and dubious honors of being ranked at the top of both lists. And, while Texas drivers frequently get a bad rap relative to their ability and courtesy behind the wheel, the good and bad news is – Texas cities have made it onto both lists.
In order to fairly evaluate the 25 best and worst drivers in the U.S., auto insurance companies rank cities by average years between accidents, and accident likelihood versus the national average, along with other factors, such as population, city density, and weather. How drivers maneuver in good and adverse weather conditions also has a bearing on the overall rankings.
Out of the worst 25 U.S. cities for drivers, Texas motorists actually ranked much better than one might think. The highest of the worst ranked cities was Garland, Texas… coming in at number 19. Arlington made the list as well, with insurance survey statistics placing it at the bottom of the worst…at number 25.
As it turns out, Worcester, Massachusetts and nearby Boston, Massachusetts lay claim as the top two most dangerous and accident-prone cities to drive in the country for 2014. Only Washington D.C. drivers prevented Massachusetts from taking the four tops spots of worst drivers, with Springfield, in the western part of the state, sitting at number four. Per the ranking, Worcester drivers;
• have accidents every 4.3 years
• tend to be 134.8 percent more prone to crashing their cars compared to the average U.S. driver, and
• have the worst weather in the country
On the other hand, Texas made the list of the nation’s best drivers by placing two of its cities in the top 10. Coming in at a very respectable number 8 is Laredo, Texas…with Brownsville proudly placing a close second for best drivers in the country.
Considering all factors used, drivers in Fort Collins, Colorado were deemed to be the best in the nation. Statistics show that they are involved in accidents only once every 14 years, not to mention being approximately 30 percent less likely to be in a smashup than the national average.
By comparison, it means that Fort Collins drivers have nearly a 200 percent less chance to be involved in automobile accidents than their crash-prone east coast counterparts in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Apparently, large American cities don’t fare very well in the best driver category. The highest ranked major metropolitan area to make the list is Phoenix, Arizona, which came in at a modest 79th place.
Which city in American do you think has the worst drivers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.