There’s a saying in Georgia about the state of driving in Georgia that goes, “Georgia drivers, no survivors.” But a new national study has found that Greensboro might need to find a catchy phrase like that to describe drivers in this city.
A new study by quotewizard.com – a site that compares auto insurance rates between companies based on individual driver data – found that Greensboro has the 11th worst drivers in the country.
The city’s drivers didn’t quite make the Top 10, but only missed that unenviable list by a hair.
Some other key findings for the State of North Carolina are as follows:
- Greenville has the 8th worst drivers in the nation.
- Durham has the 20th worst drivers in the nation.
- Charlotte has the 34th best drivers.
The study also found that Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the city with the worst drivers in America, while Detroit has the best drivers.
Quotewizard looked at driving in the 70 largest cities in the US and those cities were then evaluated based on four factors to determine overall driver quality: speeding tickets, relevant traffic citations – “such as running a red light or using a cellphone while driving” – accidents and DWIs.
Of the 70 cities studied, Greensboro came in 20th in accident rank, 3rd in DWI rank, 7th in speeding and 36th in citations.
So, the major contributing factor of Greensboro’s high showing is the number of drinking and driving incidents. The Top Five (top five worsts, that is) in that category are:
- San Diego
- Bakersfield, Calif.
- Riverside, Calif.
- Los Angeles
The overall chart topper for bad drivers is Virginia Beach, which came in at No. 1 largely due to drivers’ high rates of traffic citations issued per capita. Virginia Beach, for instance, ranks 5th in the category for moving violations.
The prize for worst-driving city in Ohio and the second worst in the nation goes to Dayton.
According to the findings, “Three Ohio cities rank among the worst drivers, and not a single city in the state is among the best. And it’s no wonder: according to our best and worst driving states in 2022, Ohio ranked fifth-worst overall. Dayton’s poor driving ranking is due to a high number of speeding incidents (second-worst overall) and citations (third worst).”