The Year’s Best and Worst Driving States in the U.S. Unveiled by New Study

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With 2019 officially here, QuoteWizard (, an online insurance comparison marketplace, today released a new proprietary study ranking the best and worst driving states in the nation for the past year (

Following QuoteWizards previous best and worst drivers by state and city studies, this year’s study provides updated rankings on all 50 states.

From worst to best, here are the rankings of all 50 states: ( Among its findings, QuoteWizard annual research found that these are the nations five worst driving states:

  • Maine
  • South Carolina
  • Nebraska
  • California
  • North Dakota

On the other hand, these are the five best driving states:

  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Arizona
  • Illinois

In addition to ranking all 50 states, the study also examines differences in driving skills along political lines.

Anyone who has ever gone on a cross-country road trip knows that every state has its share of bad drivers, said Adam Johnson, QuoteWizard content manager. But, to put it simply, some states are just worse than others. We analyzed millions of data points on Americas drivers to find which states have the best or worst drivers, and the results are both surprising and interesting.


QuoteWizard sampled incident data (with more than two million data points) from drivers who used its services and linearly extrapolated it to Federal Highway Administration fatality data. To quantify overall driver standards for comparison, QuoteWizard then weighted various incident counts for each state with its frequency. The final rankings are a sum of weighted means which is calculated from total accidents, speeding tickets, DUI, citations and fatalities.

About QuoteWizard

QuoteWizard ( is an insurance comparison marketplace for consumers looking to save on insurance. QuoteWizard provides consumers with direct access to thousands of qualified agents in all 50 states, as well as major carriers, who offer personalized quotes and the opportunity to save up to 40% on auto, home, health, and life insurance. Agents and carriers, in turn, benefit from millions of highly qualified leads, calls and traffic to their site. Based in Seattle, QuoteWizard was founded in 2006.

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