QuoteWizard, a company that specializes in comparing insurance companies based on a variety of metrics, recently released a study that ranked the 75 most-populous American metro areas by how bad the drivers are in each city.
San Diego was among the worst in the nation, ranking fifth on the list. The only cities QuoteWizard determined to have worse drivers were Richmond, Virginia; Riverside, California; Salt Lake City and Sacramento. Los Angeles, a city determined to have the nation’s worst traffic and some of the highest drunk driving rates in the nation, ranked right behind San Diego at number six.
On the flip side, the large cities determined to have the best drivers were Detroit, Providence, Orlando, Miami and Little Rock.
A look at the data
Because the concept of “bad driving” is inherently subjective, QuoteWizard attempted to use measurable data as much as possible to determine, in a more quantifiable way, how each city would stack up in the ranking. The company sampled traffic incident statistics from its users, looking at more than 2 million total data points from the year 2016.
Among the factors included in the study were the number of motor vehicle accidents, speeding tickets, drunk driving arrests and other traffic citations, such as running a red light, using a phone while driving, failure to yield and reckless driving.
The report notes that driving styles differ from city to city and can alter people’s perceptions of driving quality. For example, New Yorkers are prone to using their horns excessively. While that may be a bothersome behavior, the study did not consider it a factor toward making someone a bad driver overall.
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