• Georgia drivers are among worst in nation, study says

    By: Audrey Washington


    It’s no secret Atlanta traffic can be frustrating, but how are the drivers?

    QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison marketplace, recently conducted a study to find out.

    For its annual “Best and Worst Drivers” list, its experts analyzed more than 2 million data points from the Federal Highway Administration and the drivers who used its services from 2018.

    It then grouped the information into categories based on five incidents: accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, citations and fatalities.

    Georgia ranked No. 15 on the list of U.S. states with the worst drivers.

    (Scroll down to see the full list)


    Channel 2's Audrey Washington took you through Gwinnett and DeKalb counties during Channel 2 Action News This Morning for a look at the traffic.

    She was in Fulton County during the Monday morning rush hour, which, in 2017, was the county with the highest number of crash fatalities in Georgia.

    “Nobody really cares about who’s on the road. They only care about where they’re going and how fast they can get there,” said Georgia driver Jack Shoemaker.

    According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fulton County had the highest number of crash fatalities in 2017, followed by DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County and Bibb County.

    Washington spoke with a highway safety expert who says speeding and texting while behind the wheel are two of the biggest issues on the road, and one of the main reasons why Georgia drivers are among the worst in the country.

    “It doesn’t matter if you’re living in Atlanta or rural Georgia,” Robert Hydrick, with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, said.

    To determine the rankings, experts analyzed more than two million data points from the Federal Highway Administration and from incident categories including accidents, speeding tickets and fatalities.

    Boston native Sandra Diaz, who was driving in Georgia for the first time, said she is not use to it. 

    “It’s very heavy traffic. It’s so confusing,” Diaz said. “It’s hard.”

    On the other hand, Michigan had the No. 1 best drivers in America, followed by Mississippi and then Oklahoma.

    The Peach State had the No. 15 worst drivers in 2018, dropping four spots from 2017. It was No. 15 in 2016. 

    Want to know how other areas fared? Here's a list of the worst and best drivers in the country, with No 1. being the worst:

    1. Maine
    2. South Carolina
    3. Nebraska
    4. California
    5. North Dakota
    6. Minnesota
    7. Idaho
    8. Ohio
    9. Utah
    10. Washington
    11. Vermont
    12. Maryland
    13. Oregon
    14. Virginia
    15. Georgia
    16. Wyoming
    17. Wisconsin
    18. North Carolina
    19. New Hampshire
    20. Iowa
    21. Delaware
    22. Massachusetts
    23. Kansas
    24. New Jersey
    25. Alaska
    26. Colorado
    27. Tennessee
    28. Hawaii
    29. Connecticut
    30. Louisiana
    31. Montana
    32. Indiana
    33. New Mexico
    34. New York
    35. South Dakota
    36. Alabama
    37. Texas
    38. Pennsylvania
    39. Missouri
    40. Florida
    41. Kentucky
    42. Rhode Island
    43. West Virginia
    44. Arkansas
    45. Nevada
    46. Illinois
    47. Arizona
    48. Oklahoma
    49. Mississippi
    50. Michigan

    Next Up: