Study: Pa. in Top 20 States With the Worst Drivers; N.J. Among Nation’s Best

And Delaware drivers are in the bottom 10 — which is apparently an improvement. interactive map. interactive map. has released a study to answer the all-consuming question: Which state has the worst drivers? Each state is assessed according to the following criteria:

1. Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
2. Failure to Obey (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that involved Traffic Signals, Not Wearing Seat Belts, and Driving with an Invalid Driver’s License)
3. Drunk Driving (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that Involved Alcohol)
4. Speeding (Percentage of Driving Fatalities that were Speed-Related)
5. Careless Driving (Pedestrian & Bicyclist Fatalities per 100,000 Population)

Of those categories, PA did the worst by far when it came to speeding: We ranked No. 3. Our best category was Failure to Obey, which is kind of surprising given how often Philadelphians ignore red lights. Thank goodness the rest of the state is more law-abiding.

Delaware made the top 10 for worst drivers but this is actually good news, according to

Delaware made a huge improvement from last year’s rankings by only landing among the 10 worst states in one category: Careless Driving. Delaware drivers improved the total score from last year’s 70 to a 93! Delaware was dethroned as the #1 Careless Driving state by Florida.

New Jersey did pretty well in the website’s assessment, ranking 45 overall. But in a prior study, NJ was listed as one of the worst states when it came to texting while driving — behavior the researchers saw all across the state.

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