Some of the worst drivers in the country are right here in the Mid-South.
According to a new ranking by SmartAsset, Mississippi has the worst drivers in the country. Tennessee is ranked in a tie for 8th worst.
SmartAssest looked at four metrics: the percentage of drivers who are insured; the number of driving under the influence (DUI) arrests per 1,000 drivers, the number of fatalities per 100,000 vehicle miles driven and how often residents google terms like “traffic ticket” or “speeding ticket.”
Here is what SmartAssest said about Mississippi and Tennessee.
For the second year in a row, Mississippi tops this study and lays claim to the title of state with the worst drivers in the country. Just 76.30% of the drivers in the Magnolia State are insured, the second-lowest rate in this study. Mississippi has the eighth-highest search volume in our study for driving-related tickets, per Google Trends data. As far as fatalities go in Mississippi, 1.69 people die per 100 million vehicle miles driven, which ties with Kentucky for the second-highest rate in the study. That might be cause to up your life insurance policy. On the bright side, there are 3.72 DUI incidents per thousand drivers. That’s the 21st-fewest in this study.
8. Tennessee (tie)
Tied with Alaska for the eighth spot for the states with the worst drivers is Tennessee. Just 80% of Volunteer State drivers are insured, the fifth-lowest rate in the country. The state also sees 3.63 DUIs per 1,000 drivers and 1.35 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven. It comes in 14th-highest for rate of searches for driving related tickets, according to Google Trends data.