By Tim Lawlis

(CBS DETROIT)QuoteWizard®, a LendingTree company and one of the nation’s leading online insurance marketplaces released its 5th annual Best and Worst Drivers by State Report. Many people have experienced driving in all parts of the country and have their thoughts on who is among the best or worst. What is your favorite and least favorite state to drive in? Do their rankings do it justice?

The worst driving states

  1. Wyoming
  2. Virginia
  3. Colorado
  4. New Jersey
  5. South Dakota

The best driving states

  1. West Virginia
  2. Missouri
  3. Michigan
  4. New Mexico
  5. Texas

Methodology

Over 2 million insurance quotes from QuoteWizard drivers were analyzed to see which states had the best and worst drivers. A composite score was built between four driving incident factors:

  • Accidents
  • Speeding tickets
  • DUIs
  • Citations

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Rankings are a composite score based on the rate of occurrence between the four ranking factors. States considered to have the worst drivers had the highest rates of each incident factor. States considered to have the best drivers had the lowest rates of each incident factor.

Rank (Worst to Best)

State

1

Wyoming

2

Virginia

3

Colorado

4

New Jersey

5

South Dakota

6

Vermont

7

Maryland

8

Washington

9

Ohio

10

South Carolina

11

Georgia

12

North Dakota

13

Oregon

14

California

15

Delaware

16

Nebraska

17

Wisconsin

18

Arkansas

19

Indiana

20

Idaho

21

Maine

22

Utah

23

Alaska

24

Kansas

25

Connecticut

26

New York

27

Tennessee

28

Iowa

29

Pennsylvania

30

Louisiana

31

Minnesota

32

Alabama

33

Massachusetts

34

New Hampshire

35

Rhode Island

36

Hawaii

37

Mississippi

38

North Carolina

39

Arizona

40

Oklahoma

41

Montana

42

Nevada

43

Kentucky

44

Illinois

45

Florida

46

Texas

47

New Mexico

48

Michigan

49

Missouri

50

West Virginia

About QuoteWizard QuoteWizard (quotewizard.com) is an insurance comparison marketplace for consumers looking to save on insurance. QuoteWizard provides consumers with direct access to thousands of qualified agents in all 50 states, as well as major carriers, who offer personalized quotes and the opportunity to save up to 40% on auto, home, health, and life insurance. Agents and carriers, in turn, benefit from millions of highly qualified leads, calls, and traffic to their site. Based in Seattle, QuoteWizard was founded in 2006.

About LendingTree LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE) is the nation’s leading online marketplace that connects consumers with the choices they need to be confident in their financial decisions. LendingTree empowers consumers to shop for financial services the same way they would shop for airline tickets or hotel stays, comparing multiple offers from a nationwide network of over 500 partners in one simple search, and can choose the option that best fits their financial needs. Services include mortgage loans, mortgage refinances, auto loans, personal loans, business loans, student refinances, credit cards and more. Through the My LendingTree platform, consumers receive free credit scores, credit monitoring, and recommendations to improve credit health. My LendingTree proactively compares consumers’ credit accounts against offers on our network and notifies consumers when there is an opportunity to save money. In short, LendingTree’s purpose is to help simplify financial decisions for life’s meaningful moments through choice, education and support. LendingTree, LLC is a subsidiary of LendingTree, Inc.

SOURCE QuoteWizard

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