I've always thought that California has the worst drivers - plenty of trips through Los Angeles during rush hour led to that belief - but statistically speaking, in 2012 (and 2011) Lousiana actually ranked at the top for having the worst drivers, according to a study by Car Insurance Comparison. California is a bit lower down the list, at number 19.

The study examines five categories of bad driving (fatalities rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled; failure to obey traffic signals and seat belts; drunk driving; tickets; careless driving) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and then ranks each based on the number of offenses in relation to population. The higher the percentage of offenses, the worse the state ranks. For example, Montana, with 205 drunk driving offenses, has the worst rate of drunk driving - 0.43 percent of the state's population has been caught in the act. Texas recorded 3,398 drunk driving incidents, the most of any state, but that number represents 0.38 percent of the population.

With that in mind, here are the ten states with the worst drivers:

1) Louisiana, 2) South Carolina, 3) Mississippi, 4) Texas, 5) Alabama, 6) Florida, 7) Missouri (tie), 7) North Carolina (tie), 9) Montana, 10) North Dakota

Be sure to head over to Car Insurance Comparison for the full study, and see where your state ranks.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Drove through Louisiana once... ONCE. That was enough. It seems like the road system in Louisiana is composed of two components: Bridges and broken slabs of concrete. Also, I live in Florida... I've seen enough bad drivers to choke a camel, but Louisiana blew this state away. People driving between lanes and others that, for the life of them, cannot figure out how to merge. Give them a gap, they hesitate 'til the cows come home, and the ones that don't hesitate just force themselves onto the freeway at 30mph.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is Texas really a surprise with all the illegal unlicensed idiots sneaking in?
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm from Miami, and I would say if its a specific city that would be it since it's a 3rd world country down there, I have move up to central FL where it's decent but in general I would think FL would be much higher.
        Tom Winch
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        I'm originally from the Miami area, and I always thought Miami had the worst drivers, but when I moved to the Los Angeles area, I felt LA drivers were competing with Miami for the worst driver award. But in the last 5 years or so, whenever I visit the Miami area I can't believe how bad the drivers are there.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        No, Miami has nothing on Boston if we're going by cities.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Boston is just terrible. I hated driving into the city.
      • 1 Year Ago
      How excited were you to find stock art that fits the piece so perfectly? I imagine it must be some type of great triumph when you're writing an article and find the exact thing you needed. Back to the topic on hand... now that I think about it, the very worst driver I ever experienced was in Louisiana. Touche'.
      Niels Marienlund
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I lived in any of those states, I'd be unhappy enough to be a bad driver too. But seriously, get real. Everyone thinks their state has the worst drivers. When you spend the overwhelming majority of your time in one state, you're bound to run into this kind of crap. And there are so many different kinds of "bad drivers," they'll be abundant no matter where you go. Lane hoppers, slowpokes, speed demons who cut you off, people who don't signal, people who don't know where they are...enough of this crap already. I'm sure everyone here thinks they're a good driver. And I'd bet nobody here actually is 100% of the time. I'm not, and that's for sure.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Niels Marienlund
        As one who has spent a lot of time in the states of Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina, I'd say that there are differences. From my observations, Michiganders are by far the best drivers, in terms of going at least the speed limit and appearing to know how to handle their vehicles, and are not so timid. On the flip side, they also tend to be a bit more aggressive than drivers in Florida and North Carolina. They also like to tailgate, accelerate quickly, and aren't the best about signaling either. Any time I've ever driving down a stretch of I-75 northbound in Kentucky or Ohio, and saw someone gaining on me particularly fast in my rearview mirror, and coming right up behind me before I could move over, or just flying past me, it was always a safe bet that the license plate on the back of that car was a Michigan one, and 99% of the time I'd be right. For me, going up to MI is a breath of fresh air in the sense that people's pace while behind the wheel tends to be a little quicker there than the other two states I've lived in.
      • 1 Year Ago
      North Carolina sucks. I live on the Charlotte and Fort Mill border and let me tell you about these morons. for one they feel that you should always do under the speed limit, and I mean 10-15 under. Then they love to just sit in the left lane while going slow. Then there's their lack of knowing other cars are on the road. No turn signals and they love to slowly pull into your lane then hit the brakes. I at least see two accidents a day and it's always because of stupidity. Then they don't understand that you can turn right on red and sometimes even green. I've never experienced road rage until I got down here.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I have to agree. I lived in NC for a few years, and couldn't possibly count the number of times somebody pulled out right in front of me from a driveway or parking lot. Almost every time, there wasn't another car in sight, but they would just sit there... and wait... and wait until I got close, then pull right the hell out. Then on the highways, they just love to pace you in the other lane. You speed up, they speed up. You slow down, they slow down, staying right the hell next to you.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Houston...im not surprised. Its the same thing everyday. People want to be in the fast lane then cut accross 5 to their exit knowing good and well they needed to be there miles back. Lets see no blinker usage is also up there. And in my suburb, like someone else stated, someones mother in their Toyota Camry always drive 5-10 under the speed limit holding up traffic. Fast lane and slower lane. Then people want to drive side by side at the same speed and NO ONE ELSE can get by. Then they wanna slow down like its going do something. I just smile and say I can do this all day long and will continue riding you till you speed up or move over. :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think every state has drivers that are total jackasses.
      • 1 Year Ago
      All southern states except two. Why doesn't that surprise me.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not my experience here in Vermont. The drivers here are awful when it comes to obeying traffic signals. The problem is they are so bad- here people turning right yield to oncoming traffic going left. If you know the actual traffic laws and right of way, you will likely be in an accident here. I have actually been to and driven in over half the states in the country, Vermont drivers are by far the worst I have encountered.
        • 1 Year Ago
        New England has a whole is a war zone. I routinely avoided accidents daily. People just don't look and drive like they're the only vehicle on the road.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whoo Hoo...South Carolina!...We're number 2, we're number 2...next year we're gunning for NUMBER ONE!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny that these states have the "worst" drivers but not the highest insurance rates...
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