New Report Says Michigan is Home to Nation’s Best Drivers
Using data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a new report by Car Insurance Comparison, ranks Michigan as a best driver state by measuring fatality rates, drunk driving, speeding and other habits of both good and bad drivers. Contradictory to previous reports by AAA, this report ranks Michigan in the No. 42 slot for worst drivers, making it No. 9 on the top ten best driver state list. Michigan has consistently rated this high in similar Car Insurance Comparison reports. In 2015, the state earned the No. 41 spot; and in 2016 came in at No. 44.
Other top ten best driving states in 2017 were:
- West Virginia
- New Jersey
The report rankings for top ten states for the worst drivers included:
10. North Dakota
T-8. North Carolina
7. New Mexico
6. South Carolina
The annual score and rankings are developed using data from NHTSA and focus on these five major factors.
- 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.
A Closer Look at Michigan’s Good, Bad, and Ugly Driver Habits
Michigan drivers continuously score well in several of the major driving categories including courteous driving, but fatal crash statistics still show room for plenty of improvement. In 2017, fatal crash findings showed:
- 14 percent of fatal crashes involved drivers not wearing seat belts (45th best)
- 27 percent of fatal crashes involved blood alcohol level over legal limit (32nd)
- 27 percent of fatal crashes involved speeding (29th)
Michigan drivers continue to also score low in the careless or distracted driving category. In recent years, AAA conducted a distracted driving survey in Michigan. It showed that nearly 95 percent of residents polled said texting while driving was their number one concern when asked about driving distractions, even though it is against the law. Violating Michigan’s texting while driving laws can be costly. Operators can be charged with careless driving and face paying hefty fees if a distracted driver using a cell phone causes a wreck or commits a traffic violation. Drivers are putting themselves and others at risk for serious injury or even a motor vehicle fatality when they choose to drive recklessly.
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