Stay Safe Out There Colorado!

We've all heard the joke that BMWs don't come with turn signals and that Audi stands for "A***hole Usually Driving It", but the truth is, everyone is driving a bit faster, a bit more distracted, a bit more dangerously. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that cars have gotten so good over the years, that even a Honda Civic can cruise comfortably at 90 mph (not recommended) or that your Kia has more engaging UI than the Apollo mission. Whatever the case might be, it's always worth slowing down, eliminating distractions, staying sober, and wearing your seatbelt. That's because Colorado was just ranked 15th worst drivers in the country -- worse even than New York, DC, and New Jersey. 

Rankings were compiled by and draw on NHTSA 2017 data regarding the fatality rate of each state as well as cases where drivers were speeding, drunk driving, careless driving, and failing to obey. 

As it turns out, Colorado averages 30 fatalities per every 100 million vehicle miles traveled, and actually ranks worse than California --which ties Colorado as the 15th worse drivers in the country-- in terms of careless driving and drunk driving. California, however, ranks worse in speeding. 

Other states that may surprise you that rank better than Colorado are: 

  • Illinois
  • Tennesee
  • Pennsylvania
  • Georgia
  • Virginia
  • Missouri
  • Florida
  • New York
  • District of Colombia
  • New Jersey 

Colorado's neighbor to the south, New Mexico, has the 7th worse drivers in the country and Arizona comes in second. And Montana takes the title as 'Worst Drivers in the Country". 

For more details on how your state ranks, you can read the full report here. 

What are your thoughts people? Do you think that Colorado has the 15th worst drivers in the country? If so, we want to know why so let us know in the comments below! 

Want to hear more about what's going on in Colorado? Have you heard about all the journalists that left the Denver Post to create a new media outlet?