Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville drivers named the nation's worst

JM McBride

Jacksonville, Florida, drivers are the worst in the United States, a new study found.

According to Clever Move, Jacksonville, Florida, “is home to America’s worst drivers, while New York City has the best.”

In fact, the study claims that Florida is the state with the worst drivers, and it’s not only Jacksonville to blame.

“Florida is the worst state for drivers, with three cities — Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa — in the top five,” the study found. “About 1 in 5 Florida drivers (20%) are uninsured — a rate that’s 54% higher than the studied city average (13%)."

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In addition, the study says, Jacksonville :has the highest number of alcohol-related driving deaths, with 2.9 per 100,000 residents — 66% more than the average city in our study (1.7).”

Other cities ranked worst in other areas though. “Memphis is the deadliest city for drivers, with 13.3 fatal accidents per 100,00 residents each year. That’s 2x more than the national average (6.6),” the study found.

“New York City has the fewest drunk driving deaths (0.6 per 100,000 residents) and the second-fewest driving fatalities per year (3.3 per 100,000 residents),” according ot the study. “Drivers in Detroit pay the highest insurance premiums, which cost $4,726 per year.”

These are the metrics that were used to name Jacksonville motorists the worst drivers in America, according to the website:

  • “3x: Average annual traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents from 2014-2020
  • 3x: Average annual alcohol-related traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents from 2014-2020
  • 2x: Days of precipitation per year
  • 1x: Average annual vehicle insurance premiums in the state
  • 1x: Percentage of uninsured drivers in the state
  • 1x: Allstate’s best drivers rank
  • 1x: Google Trends for ‘DUI’
  • 1x: Auto repair shops per 100,000 residents.”

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