Think the drivers where you live are among the worst? You may be right — if you live in Omaha, Nebraska.
According to a new report by the insurance comparison website QuoteWizard, Omaha has more DUIs than any other city nationwide. But that’s not all. The city also ranks near the top in every dangerous driving category, including speeding and number of citations. It’s followed by Riverside, California; Bakersfield, California; Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; Fresno, California; Sacramento, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Austin, Texas; and Baltimore.
Of course, there are places where drivers are better. Birmingham, Al. takes the top spot, followed by St. Louis, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; New Orleans; Memphis; Louisville, Kentucky; Detroit; Atlanta; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
So what’s the deal with Omaha?
After a three-year absence, Nebraska’s biggest city regained the top ranking. Omaha had more DUIs than any other city and ranked in the top 15 in every dangerous driving category. The move back to the top of the worst drivers list is a big one for Omaha. It previously ranked 15th in 2019 and No. 1 on in 2018.
One often associates bad drivers solely with speeding. If that’s your measure, then Chicago tops the chart. The Windy City is followed by Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Antonio, Texas.
So, what does it take to get on this report’s good side? Fewer speeding tickets, driving citations, DUIs and accidents. In other words, these cities have a safe driving culture. These are places where drivers are less likely to, say, run a red light, use a cell phone while driving, or eat Chinese takeaway at highway speed.
Where are the metroplexes?
Remarkably, America’s biggest cities, such as Los Angeles, New York and Boston, don’t make the worst list, although Miami ranks as No. 32 worst city and Philadelphia ranks No. 35. Instead, Los Angeles ranks 35th for the best drivers. And that’s not surprising, given the amount of time they spend stuck in traffic.
On a state by state basis, Iowa ranks as the worst, followed by North Dakota, Virginia, California, Alaska, Utah, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wisconsin. On the flip side, New Hampshire ranks as the best driving state, followed by West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, Delaware, Louisiana, Michigan, Arizona and Connecticut.
The report’s rankings came from 2021 analysis of insurance quotes nationwide, ranking accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations. Cities considered the worst drivers had the highest rate of driving incidents.