Your Driving Stinks! The Worst Driving States in America

Category: Auto Insurance, Blog. Written by Cameron Wong 

road-rageThe Big Apple! Home of Broadway, the Empire State building, the New York Yankees, and the worst drivers in America.
According to a study conducted by GMAC Insurance for 2009, New Yorkers are bad at knowing the rules of the road. The study tested 5,000 drivers from all 50 states on their basic knowledge of driving laws. While New Yorkers get the distinction of being the worst, the entire Northeast region of the country gets all around bad grades. Last year’s champion of worst drivers was New Jersey, they’re just 2nd to worst now.

According to the GMAC press release
“20.1 percent of licensed Americans – amounting to roughly 41 million drivers on the road – would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today.”

While the Northeast was bad, the Northwest came out looking great. Washington ranked 17th, Alaska 12th, Oregon8th, and Idahotied for #1. Something that area drivers can be proud of. But the big question is, will this help our daily insurance rates? Probably not. This would be a miniscule fraction of the overall complex insurance formula. Translation-You’re not getting a break on your auto insuarnce cause the insurance companies like your money.

Here’s the complete list

Here’s the complete list from best to worst

1 IDAHO
1 WISCONSIN
3 MONTANA
4 KANSAS
5 SOUTH DAKOTA
5 NEBRASKA
7 UTAH
8 WYOMING
8 IOWA
8 OREGON
8 MINNESOTA
12 ALASKA
12 NORTH DAKOTA
14 VERMONT
15 COLORADO
15 MISSOURI
17 OKLAHOMA
17 WASHINGTON
19 NEW MEXICO
20 NORTH CAROLINA
21 VIRGINIA
22 INDIANA
22 MICHIGAN
24 ARKANSAS
24 TEXAS
26 ALABAMA
26 NEVADA
28 WEST VIRGINIA
29 ILLINOIS
30 ARIZONA
31 MAINE
32 DELAWARE
33 NEW HAMPSHIRE
34 OHIO
35 KENTUCKY
36 PENNSYLVANIA
37 LOUISIANA
38 TENNESSEE
38 MISSISSIPPI
40 SOUTH CAROLINA
40 MARYLAND
42 CONNECTICUT
43 FLORIDA
44 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
45 MASSACHUSETTS
46 RHODE ISLAND
47 GEORGIA
48 CALIFORNIA
49 HAWAII
50 NEW JERSEY
51 NEW YORK

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Comments

9 Responses to “Your Driving Stinks! The Worst Driving States in America”

  1. Anonymous on February 19th, 2010 3:00 pm

    I disagree with Utah’s placement. I’ve lived in this state all my life and while I doubt it’s as bad as New York or Miami, it’s certainly pretty bad.

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  7. Angry New Yorker on June 27th, 2013 10:05 am

    Hello. I am a New Yorker and I would have to say that, I don’t know where you got your information from but it’s defiantly wrong. New York City shouldnt be the basis of this because obviously it’s hard to drive in a crowded city. That Would be like saying Californian drivers are bad because there aren’t good drivers in Los Angeles. I would have to say that yes, New England and New York drivers aren’t the best but, I wouldn’t put New York as number one. (More like New Jersey or Rhode Island.)

  8. RIslander on July 22nd, 2013 10:41 pm

    Yea I just got back from New York I’m pretty sure flying through the busy city street helps cement them into that spot as the worst. Rhode island is bad but I don’t think we’re that bad. It’s gotta be the ri stop that gets us.

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