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50 Michigan Cities Ranked by Worst and Best Drivers

50 Michigan Cities Ranked by Worst and Best Drivers


  • Car insurance analysts often name Michigan drivers the best, and now QuoteWizard.com has ranked the 50 largest cities in the state the same way by analyzing over 500,000 insurance quotes of drivers.
  • The cities were reviewed and ranked best and worst using the highest number of incidents, accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and tickets.
  • The best-driving cities in Michigan include Holt, followed by Flint, Burton, Pontiac, and Eastpointe.
  • The May 2019 report listed Holland as the worst-driving city in the state, followed by Livonia, Rochester Hills, Southgate, and Royal Oak.
  • The worst cities are home to drivers who clog up roadways and cause personal injuries to others with their accident-prone driving decisions such as speeding, violating traffic sign laws, distracted driving, and driving under the influence.

Where Does Your City Rank Among Michigan’s Best Drivers?

The cost of car insurance is the topic that typically makes Michigan headlines related to drivers – but not this time. Michiganians have practiced enough good driving behaviors to rank their cities for having some of the best drivers and the results are pretty accurate based on other similar reviews. QuoteWizard.com published a report in May 2019 ranking the most populated cities in Michigan by overall driver quality using data from over 500,000 insurance quotes. The analysts ranked these communities by the highest rate of incidents such as accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and traffic citations.

According to the review, 50 of Michigan’s largest cities listed below were ranked 1 thru 50 from worst (Holland) to best drivers (Holt).

  1. Holland
  2. Livonia
  3. Rochester Hills
  4. Southgate
  5. Royal Oak
  6. Oak Park
  7. Macomb
  8. Midland
  9. Waterford
  10. Clair Shores
  11. Grand Rapids
  12. Troy
  13. Sterling Heights
  14. Westland
  15. Canton
  16. Wyoming
  17. Inkster
  18. Kalamazoo
  19. Bay City
  20. East Lansing
  21. Farmington Hills
  22. Redford
  23. Clinton Township
  24. Portage
  25. Novi
  26. Roseville
  27. Taylor
  28. Allen Park
  29. Muskegon
  30. Madison Heights
  31. Ann Arbor
  32. Dearborn Heights
  33. Jackson
  34. Garden City
  35. Port Huron
  36. Battle Creek
  37. Lansing
  38. Saginaw
  39. Southfield
  40. Lincoln Park
  41. Mount Pleasant
  42. Warren
  43. Dearborn
  44. Detroit
  45. Wyandotte
  46. Eastpointe
  47. Pontiac
  48. Burton
  49. Flint
  50. Holt

The study concluded these percentages of Michigan’s good and bad driving behaviors:

  • Drivers with any moving violations: 15.00%
  • Drivers with DUI convictions: 1.78%
  • Drivers with at-fault accidents: 5.52%
  • Drivers who have run red lights: 1.25%
  • Traffic fatality rate per population of 100,000: 10.3

Using data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a 2018 report by Car Insurance Comparison, ranked Michigan as a best driver state by measuring fatality rates, drunk driving, speeding and other habits of both good and bad drivers. And in January 2019, Michigan’s insured drivers also placed among the best in the country by an independent driving study for falling below the national average in crash fatalities.

Top 3 Best Driver Cities in Michigan (by QuoteWizard.com)

  1. Holt

Holt is a smaller city in Ingham County with a population of just 23,000 people. Drivers in this city naturally aren’t dealing with commuter congestion, bottleneck traffic, or high-risk drivers.

  1. Flint

The report’s authors called the Flint area “The hub of the best drivers in Michigan … with neighboring Burton right behind Flint at third best in driver quality.” It’s the seventh-largest city in Michigan, with surprisingly fewer occurrences of bad driver behaviors proving any city can be a safe place to drive.

  1. Burton

Settled in Genesee County, with a generally low percentage of road fatalities each year, Burton was ranked as a good driver city because of drivers who follow traffic laws and practice safe driving such as obeying the speed limit.

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So, What Makes a Bad Driver?

Unfortunately, not every driver in Michigan resides in a best driving city, because many motor vehicle operators continue to fail at following the simple rules of the road. According to QuoteWizard.com, those cities include Holland, Livonia, Rochester Hills, Southgate, and Royal Oak because of drivers who cause major personal injuries to others with their accident-prone driving decisions. Drivers in these cities are more likely to be speeding, violating traffic laws, driving while distracted, are aggressive, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For these specific drivers, the motor vehicle accident injury attorneys at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm have gathered some easy reminders on how to be more courteous and less of a risk on the road to themselves and others.

  1. Treat the left lane as a passing lane.
  2. Do not use cruise control when passing a vehicle.
  3. Turn off your high beams when you see oncoming traffic.
  4. Keep a safe distance from the driver ahead of you and don’t tailgate.
  5. Do not stop at the end of on-ramps; merge with the flow of traffic.
  6. Watch out for motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicyclists sharing the road with you.
  7. Always use your turn signal before changing lanes.
  8. Put your phone away! Texting, talking on the phone, using phone apps, and sending an e-mail will get you and others seriously injured or worse.
  9. Don’t speed.
  10. Treat larger vehicles, such as semi-trucks, with respect.
  11. Never drive a vehicle after drinking alcohol or using drugs.
  12. Make sure all passengers are appropriately buckled up, including children who should be in the right size child seat.
  13. Maintain your vehicle.

Don’t be shy in sharing this advice with someone you know is a lousy driver and living in one of the worst driver cities listed.

The Lee Steinberg Law Firm Can Handle Your Car Accident Claim

If you or a family member is a victim of an accident caused by a reckless or careless driver in any Michigan community, be sure to seek out the qualified advice of a car accident attorney before discussing the accident with an insurance company. The Lee Steinberg Law Firm, P.C., has been representing accident victims for over 40 years, and we can help you through this difficult time.

Contact us today for a free consultation about your potential case or call us at 1-800-LEE-FREE.

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