Michigan Drivers Among The Best In The Nation!
It may be hard to believe when you're cussing at a grandmother to coax her out of the passing lane on 131, but Michigan drivers fared very well in a recent nationwide survey.
We invented the car, so it doesn't surprise me that we can handle driving pressures. And personally having lived on both the East and West Coasts, I can tell you it was a pleasure to return home where at lease we had some basic concepts down. Not to mention we tend not to get panicky when faced with severe weather.
This survey was done by a group of insurance companies and their goal was to find the state with the WORST drivers in the USA. Michigan came in 42nd, which means we have the 8th BEST drivers in the nation.
Here's their methodology:
Using the most reliable source on the matter, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we collected the data to rank all 51 areas of the U.S. by the following five main categories:
- Fatality Rate: – The total number of traffic deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
- Failure to Obey: – The number of road fatalities involving failure to use safety restraints and individuals ignoring traffic safety devices and driving illegally with an invalid license.
- Drunk Driving – The number of fatal crashes involving a driver impaired by alcohol.
- Speeding: – The number of driving deaths involving a driver who was speeding.
- Careless Driving: – The number of pedestrians and pedalcyclists (usually bicyclists) killed by motorists for every 100 thousand residents.
The rankings for the above five categories were totaled for 51 final scores. The ten lowest scores (highest cumulative rankings) belonged to the ten areas with the worst drivers in our nation.
Michigan had high scores in traffic law knowledge and seat belt usage, but a low score in careless driving hurt us overall.
The top five WORST drivers were in the following states:
and the WORST drivers in the US are in....