Texas Ranked #1 in Worst Drivers
If you have ever felt that everyone in your city is a terrible driver, you are not alone. Recently, a website called car insurance comparison compiled a list of the top 10 states with the worst drivers or distracted drivers. They used public information by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association for their study. Texas tied for 1st place with Louisiana as the state with worst drivers. Each state was ranked according to 5 key categories that impact the safety of drivers.
- Death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
- Failure to obey. Meaning the percent rate of fatal crashes caused by failure to obey: traffic lights, seat-belt laws or driving with an invalid license.
- Percentage of fatal car crashes caused by drunk driving.
- Percentage of fatal car crashes caused by speeding.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle fatalities per 100,000 population.
The scoring was done as a total, with the worst states receiving a low number score.
Texas #1 in Bad Driving
What caused Texas to rise to the top of list for bad driving? According to their study, Texas’ grades were 15 in every category. Texas ranked 3rd in drunk driving, making it the biggest threat to Texas drivers. Drivers in Texas also ranked 9th for speeding and fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The only area where Texas didn’t finish in the top ten was for careless driving, but we still came in under the top 15 with a 14th spot.
Distracted Driving is the Leading Cause of Fatal Car Accidents
The study showed that of the 20 worst states for driving, 16 of them also ranked the lowest scores for careless driving. Distracted driving can mean different things but universally its people who drive while doing an activity that takes their attention away from driving. Eating, talking on the phone, texting, drinking, reading (believe it or not), or simply not looking where you are driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that over 8 people are killed every day from injuries caused in crashes involving a distracted driver. Smart phones are the most common tool for distracting drivers, with 64% of all car accidents involving cell phone usage.
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