That's right. If you've felt like Virginia drivers are some of the worst drivers in the country, you're not wrong.
Using the total number of traffic incidents (which includes accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, citations, and fatalities), QuoteWizard ranked all 50 states from worst drivers to the best. Virginia came in at No. 3 -- that's third worst
The only states with worst drivers were Utah (No. 1) and California (No. 2).
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We sampled incident data (with more than two million data points) from the users of our website and linearly extrapolated it to Federal Highway Administration fatality data. To quantify overall driver standards for comparison, we weighted various incident counts for each state with its occurrence percentage. The final rankings are a sum of weighted means that is calculated from total accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, citations, and fatalities," QuoteWizard's web site explains, regarding the study's methodology.
According to the report, Virginia's biggest problem is speeding. The state ranked worst in the country for speeding offenses, and second-worst in overall citations. Within Virginia as a whole, the city of Hampton is the worst offender when it comes to speeding, followed by Portsmouth and Richmond.
Richmond has its own battle to fight, however. It also ranked as having the fourth-worst drivers among "big cities" in the entire country! Only Sacramento, CA (No. 1), Salt Lake City, UT (No. 2), and Riverside, CA (No. 3) have worst drivers. Virginia Beach came in at No. 12.
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So which states boast the best drivers? The study reports that the best drivers are found in Rhode Island (No. 50), Florida (No. 49), Mississippi (No. 48), and Michigan (No. 47). Among big cities, Motor City itself, Detroit, MI, led the way at No. 75.
to the view the full list of all 50 states or here
to view the full list of 75 cities, ranked worst to best.
What do you think of Virginia's drivers? Do they deserve their place on the list? Do you have a crazy driving story? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below!