Arizona ranks among top 10 states for worst drivers

Posted at 8:43 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 12:38:28-04

A new study ranking the states with the best and worst drivers was not kind to Arizona.

The Grand Canyon State’s drivers ranked as the nation’s sixth-worst, according to a new report by personal financial website SmartAsset, faring worse than what the same study reported a year earlier.

“With air travel not as available as before the pandemic, Americans are looking for safety on the road as their summer plans take shape,” the study said. “But staying safe while road-tripping also depends on where you’re driving.”

To determine its rankings, researchers compared the states across four metrics:

  • Percentage of insured drivers
  • Number of driving under the influence (DUI) arrests per 1,000 drivers
  • Number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven
  • How often residents Google terms like “traffic ticket” or “speeding ticket.”

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