Michigan Drivers the Best in the Country


Here’s a news flash sure to bring a smile to your lips. Michigan has the best drivers of all 50 States. You might find that hard to believe if you have spent any time on I-696 during rush hours. But it’s true, according to QuoteWizard.com.

Photo: Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

How Rankings are Determined

Quote Wizard is an online resource for obtaining insurance quotes. Is it possible there was a blip in the data that skewed the results? Not according to their methodology, here is how Quote Wizard explained the findings.

“We sampled incident data (with more than two million data points) from the users of our website and juxtaposed it to Federal Highway Administration fatality data. To quantify overall driver standards for comparison, we weighted various incident totals for each state with its occurrence percentage. The rankings are a sum of weighted means calculated from these incidents:”

  • Accidents
  • Speeding tickets
  • DUIs
  • Citations
  • Fatalities

The Best

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  • Michigan: “Congrats, Michigan, you’re number one! If you want a stress-free road trip, pack your bags and head to the Great Lakes State. Drivers earn the gold medal thanks to less citations, speeding, and fatalities than last year.”

Just a Small Asterisk * I Knew IT

“*There’s one catch – our study only accounts for insured drivers, and this state has plenty of rule breakers. Although Michigan’s insured drivers are the best in the country, one in five don’t have car insurance. Oops!”

The Worst

The problem with rankings is there has to be a bottom to the list. Again, according to Quote Wizard the State with the worst drivers.

Photo Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP
  • Maine: The Pine Tree State has a reputation for lobster rolls and lighthouses. But you’ll find more than ocean views on Maine’s rocky coastline roads – the state is also home to the country’s worst drivers. A drastic rise in traffic citations and fatalities are to blame for Maine’s jump from seventh worst last year to the absolute bottom of the bunch this year. But don’t just take our word for it. According to Maine.gov, there was an increase of more than 1,500 car crashes from 2016 to 2017.

Here is the Entire List

From worst to best here is how all 50 States rank. Driving around on roads in any of the top 10 calls for some extra caution. Especially look out for those drivers with a license plate from the 8th worst state.

  1. Maine
  2. South Carolina
  3. Nebraska
  4. California
  5. North Dakota
  6. Minnesota
  7. Idaho
  8. Ohio
  9. Utah
  10. Washington
  11. Vermont
  12. Maryland
  13. Oregon
  14. Virginia
  15. Georgia
  16. Wyoming
  17. Wisconsin
  18. North Carolina
  19. New Hampshire
  20. Iowa
  21. Delaware
  22. Massachusetts
  23. Kansas
  24. New Jersey
  25. Alaska
  26. Colorado
  27. Tennessee
  28. Hawaii
  29. Connecticut
  30. Louisiana
  31. Montana
  32. Indiana
  33. New Mexico
  34. New York
  35. South Dakota
  36. Alabama
  37. Texas
  38. Pennsylvania
  39. Missouri
  40. Florida
  41. Kentucky
  42. Rhode Island
  43. West Virginia
  44. Arkansas
  45. Nevada
  46. Illinois
  47. Arizona
  48. Oklahoma
  49. Mississippi
  50. Michigan

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