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Who are the worst drivers in America?

As you hear about motor vehicle accidents and face the risk every day on the road, do you ever wonder who is most responsible for all these tragedies and damage? The answer depends on what driver characteristic you are looking at. There is no single demographic who is worse than everyone else.

Knowing which traits affect driving the most can help you avoid dangerous motorists.

By age

Teenagers used to get all the flack for being horrible drivers, but this reality has recently changed. Now, Millennials (specifically 19 to 24 years old) have earned the label of worst drivers in the U.S. by age, reports Business Insider. While all age groups were guilty of high levels of texting while driving, speeding and running red lights, young Millennials were the worst. Not only are they reckless drivers, but they also lack the understanding that their driving is even dangerous to begin with.

By state

You likely have experienced bad drivers when visiting other states or when visitors have driven in North Carolina. Bad drivers are everywhere, but they are more prevalent in some states than in others. According to the latest data from Quote Wizard, the worst drivers are in California, which had the most citations and DUIs. The rest in the top five are Minnesota, Utah, South Carolina and Washington.

The best drivers, in order, are in Rhode Island, Florida, Mississippi, Michigan and Arkansas. Still, these states ranked high in individual areas, such as fatalities, showing that no state is completely safe. North Carolina ranked 25th, exactly the middle.

By gender

The battle of the sexes will continue on this one. No solid answer exists due to so many variables. Men drive more and engage in riskier behaviors, thus getting into more accidents. However, women may get into more accidents in proportion to mileage and also are likelier to sustain injuries or die in a crash.

 

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