A new study by a team of analysts who looked at accidents, DUIs, speeding-related incidents and traffic citations across the US has found that North Carolina is fifth in the nation when it comes to having bad drivers.
To reach that conclusion, the researchers looked at drivers by individual states and calculated the number of driving incidents per 1,000 drivers.
While North Carolina drivers weren’t in the Top 10 in the category of speeding, they did finish in the Top 20 in that category, and the state came in second nationally for the number of DUIs per capita.
Here are some of the findings of how North Carolina drivers ranked:
• 5th for accidents, with a total of 20.82 accidents per 1,000 drivers
• 2nd for DUIs, with 3.22 DUIs per 1,000 drivers
• 17th for speeding, with 3.46 speeding-related incidents per 1,000 drivers
• 6th for citations (for other moving violations), with 9.89 citations per 1,000 drivers.
The study was commissioned by Lendingtree.com and the complete results can be found at https://www.lendingtree.com/insurance/best-worst-drivers-study/ .
Rhode Island was found to have the absolute worst drivers, followed by Maine, California and the District of Columbia.
The final five in the worst drivers category are Kentucky, Vermont, Arkansas and Michigan, which apparently is the state with the very best drivers in the nation.
Earlier this year, a Consumer Affairs study found Rhode Island had the second worst roads in the country. According to that study, 75 percent of Rhode Island’s major roads are “poor or mediocre.” The Lendingtree.com analysis suggests that those adverse road conditions could help explain the high number of traffic incidents in that state.