Georgia drivers are among worst in nation, study says

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