Here's Where Illinois Ranks Among Best Drivers In The U.S.

Traffic jam from the driver's perspective

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Everyone hates commuting in heavy traffic, but some people have it worse than others. In many cases, it depends on whether their state is home to the best (or worst) drivers in the U.S.

That’s where QuoteWizard comes in. The Seattle-based insurance comparison company shared its sixth-annual study this month, examining the best and worst drivers in the country, broken down by state. Here’s how they did it:

“We analyzed over 2 million insurance quotes to find out which states have the worst drivers in America and which have the best. Drivers were evaluated on four factors to determine overall driving quality [accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and citations].”

QuoteWizard considered states with the highest numbers of driving accidents among the worst drivers, and states with the fewest numbers among the best.

So, where does Illinois make the list? Illinois comes in at No. 5 on the Top 25 Best Driving States list. Here’s what QuoteWizard said about it:

“Illinois just squeaked into the top five this year. The state was seventh in 2020 but managed to move up because of some impressively low numbers. Illinois ranks 45th in both accidents and DUIs and 38th in citations. The only thing holding Illinois back in their race to the top is their racing on the road. The Prairie State got the 25th most speeding tickets.”

These are the Top 10 Best Driving States:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. West Virginia
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Kentucky
  5. Illinois
  6. Delaware
  7. Louisiana
  8. Michigan
  9. Arizona
  10. Connecticut

These are the Top 10 Worst Driving States:

  1. Iowa
  2. North Dakota
  3. Virginia
  4. California
  5. Alaska
  6. Utah
  7. Idaho
  8. New Jersey
  9. Tennessee
  10. Wisconsin

See the full report from QuoteWizard here.

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