South Carolina has some of the worst drivers in the country, ranking 10th in bad drivers in a new Car Insurance Comparison report. Though South Carolina was ranked third in careful drivers, this didn’t translate to good driving. The state has one of the highest rates of fatalities per million miles, failure to obey traffic signs, ticketing, and drunk driving. The high traffic fatality rates played a significant role in increasing South Carolina’s bad ranking.
Car Insurance Comparison used statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the American Motorists Association, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. They found that southern states and states with high rural to metropolitan ratios tended to fare worse in the bad driver ranking. Rural roads have historically been more dangerous than urban ones with as much as 80% of fatal traffic accidents occurring on rural roads. Enforcement on rural roads is more financially and logistically challenging than in condense urban areas.
Perversely, though South Carolina ranks high in bad driving, in 2010 Forbes called South Carolina the best state to drive in for its low gas and insurance prices. An emphasis on motorist rights and a sixth-best ranking for infrastructure also make it a good place for driving, though safe driving is another concern.
The nine states with the most dangerous drivers are: Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, Montana, and Alabama, respectively.