California tops list of bad drivers in the nation according to study

Beth Torres

Better buckle up and keep an eye out if you’re driving in California

If you’ve spent any time traversing the roadways in the Golden State, the following news may not come as a surprise. A comprehensive study conducted by online insurance platform QuoteWizard found that California has the second-worst drivers in the nation. Only Utah ranked higher for bad drivers.

This was an extensive study. The company compiled and analyzed data from over 10 million insurance quotes from 2022 to determine the states with the best and worst drivers. They looked at factors such as the number of speeding tickets, traffic citations, accidents, and DUIs.

Researchers found California ranked seventh in the country for speeding tickets, thirteenth for citations, and third for accidents. It achieved a number one ranking in a category no state wants to receive—the state with the most DUIs.

Curious which states have the best drivers? That designation would go to Connecticut, Michigan, and West Virginia. These states rank first, second, and third respectively for the best drivers.

This video from KPIX CBS News Bay Area gives additional insights into the reasons behind California’s unfavorable designation as a state with bad drivers.

And the winner of California’s most dangerous freeway goes to…

If you’re driving in California, you might want to reconsider the interstate you’re taking to get to your destination. According to a transportation study conducted by MoneyGeek, a particular stretch of Interstate 15 ranks as the deadliest in the state.

Approximately 35 miles north of San Bernardino in the high desert there is a dangerous stretch of the I-15 between exit 138 and exit 129 in Hesperia. The study reviewed over 10,000 fatal car accidents that occurred throughout the state from 2017 to 2019.

The 4.5-mile stretch of the I-15 through Hesperia accounted for 19 fatal accidents during the time period with 19 total fatalities.

The second deadliest stretch of California road is the I-80 between exit 14A and exit 8A, which travels through Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, and Albany. There were 15 fatal accidents with 17 fatalities on this part of the I-80 during the reporting period.

What have your experiences been like driving in California?

Do you agree that California drivers are among the worst? Let us know in the comments section your take on driving in California.

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